Friday Jan. 17, 2014 13:39 ET

Lizzy Yarnold earns World Cup skeleton gold in race skipped by Canada

Ice condition concerns keep Canadian sliders out of competition

Winner Elizabeth Yarnold from Great Britain celebrates in the finish area after the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Innsbruck - Igls, Austria, on Friday. (Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press)

Britain's Lizzy Yarnold topped Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States for the win in a women's World Cup skeleton race Friday, the third straight competition where the Olympic gold-medal favorites took the top two spots.

Yarnold finished two runs in one minute, 49.04 seconds, posting the best time in each heat. Pikus-Pace was second in 1:49.36, while Austria's Janine Flock and Russia's Maria Orlova shared the bronze in 1:49.71.

Yarnold and Pikus-Pace have won all seven races this season. Yarnold has four victories, one when Pikus-Pace was disqualified.

Canadian sliders skipped the race, citing concerns about ice conditions.


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