Lizzy Yarnold earns World Cup skeleton gold in race skipped by Canada
Ice condition concerns keep Canadian sliders out of competition
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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