Great Britain’s Elizabeth Yarnold impresses at Lake Placid

Andrew Magee brings you the latest news and views from the snow and ice on the winter sports circuit

By Andrew Magee

Skeleton

With Shelley Rudman claiming the World Skeleton Championship earlier this month, it has been a sensational season for Britain’s female skeleton team, and that form continued at Lake Placid last weekend.

Elizabeth Yarnold finished third to claim yet another podium in her breakthrough season, while Rudman finished fourth and Olympic silver medallist Amy Williams came fifth.

It was a dominant performance from the British team, and Yarnold in particular impressed, taking bronze to follow up gold medal-winning slides in St Moritz and Calgary earlier in the season.

Yarnold finished 0.44 ahead of Rudman while American Katie Uhlaender claimed gold on home snow with some blistering runs.

As well as Britain having an impressive three athletes inside the top five, Rose McGrandle finished 16th to show who has been the dominant force in women’s Skeleton this year.

And with the winter Olympics now half-way through its four year cycle with Sochi now just two years away, it seems that Skeleton is an event that Britain can and should be getting excited about.

If the team continue to show the same kind of form they have this year, then we might even be looking at a 1-2-3 for Team GB. We live in hope.

Alpine Skiing – Women’s Skiing

With the season drawing to a close, it is inevitable that American superstar Lindsey Vonn will take the overall skiing title after sealing her tenth victory of the season in the Bansko Super G on Sunday.

Vonn has already claimed the downhill title after finishing third in the Sochi downhill a fortnight ago and she holds a 94 point lead over Austrian Anna Fenninger in the Super G standings.

But with only one Super G race left, it seems that the 27-year-old has all but sewn up that title too. It leaves just the Giant Slalom for the American to tackle, a discipline where she sits fourth, 61 points behind the leader, France’s Tessa Worley.

It would cap a sensational season for Vonn and with two GS races next weekend at Offerschwang, it is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Men’s Skiing

It’s no longer Miller time for Bode Miller after the 33-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Miller, who has been nearing the form that saw him claim Olympic gold in Vancouver, had surgery after racing in Bansko ten days ago but has now decided to call it a day for this year.

He said: “”The plan was to come back and race in Crans Montana, but I couldn’t get the range of motion that I needed out of my knee to be competitive. We thought if I rested a few more days, things would come around, but it didn’t happen.”

Ski Jumping

Austria have retained their team ski jumping World Championship title after claiming victory in Vikersund, Norway at the weekend.

The team amassed a combined total of 1648.4 points, a comfortable 23.2 clear of the second placed German team.

Winter Wonder

Thomas Edison had it right when he thought the world was a bit dark and so decided to invent the light bulb. What he would have made of snowboarding is anybody’s guess. What he would have made of snowboarding with hundreds of tiny light bulbs attached to you in the pitch black of night down a beautiful bit of powder is, well, he’d probably think it was awesome. Because it is awesome.

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