Skeleton

Justin Piercy - Friday Feb. 14, 2014 11:20 ET

Sarah Reid finishes 7th in women's skeleton

Mellisa Hollingsworth ends Olympic career in 11th

Sarah Reid

Canada's Sarah Reid finished seventh overall in the women's skeleton event on Friday in Sochi.(Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images)

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The Canadian women had the second-fastest runs in the final heat, but could not slide onto the skeleton podium on Friday in Sochi.

Sarah Reid and Mellisa Hollingsworth posted identical runs of 58.15 seconds in their fourth runs, but finished seventh and 11th, respectively.

Great Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold sealed gold with a run of 58.09, for a combined four-run time of 3:52.89.

"It's unexplainable the feeling, the feelings that I'm going through," Yarnold said. "I'm sure it won't sink in for another few days, I'm just over the moon. I'm just so proud that I put in all the work for the past five years and it's all worked out.

"I came here wanting to do my own best and do myself justice and I'm so proud for Great Britain and everyone who supported me."

American Noelle Pikus-Pace was second with 3:53.86, and Russian Elena Nikitina won bronze in 3:54.30

Calgary's Reid had a combined, four-run time of 3:54.73 while Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., finished her Olympic career with a combined time of 3:56.21.

"All of this is pretty overwhelming and it's amazing to be here," said Reid, 26, after the race. "I'm pretty proud of myself. This has been a huge learning experience for me.

"I will be back for sure. I love this sport and I love these people."

Hollingsworth, 33, however, suggested this marks the end of her 19-year career, saying she's "ready for the next challenge:" working with horses.


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