The Associated Press - Friday Jan. 24, 2014 10:03 ET

Lizzy Yarnold clinches World Cup skeleton title

Noelle Pikus-Pace wins her final World Cup race, finishes 2nd in points

Lizzy Yarnold of Britain celebrates after Friday's race, wrapping up the season title. (Mattias Schrader/Associated Press)

Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States won the final World Cup skeleton race of her career Friday, although it was not enough for her to overcome Lizzy Yarnold for the season title.

Pikus-Pace's time was 52.92 seconds, 0.44 seconds head of Janine Flock of Austria and a half-second up on Shelley Rudman of Britain. Snow forced the cancellation of the second heat at Konigssee, Germany.

Briton Yarnold finished ninth, clinching the overall World Cup title. She finished 152 points ahead of Pikus-Pace in the standings, benefiting from the American's disqualification and loss of 225 points in the opening race of the year after British officials complained about the way tape was applied to one of Pikus-Pace's sled handles.

Rudman was third in the standings.

Pikus-Pace is retiring after next month's Sochi Olympics, where she will be a medal favourite.

Jane Channell of North Vancouver, B.C., finished 18th.

Calgary's Sarah Reid and Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., are in Canada training for Sochi and did not participate.

Reid finished 10th in the season standings despite missing the last two races.

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