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Women's Skeleton

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana Pariol
Date Started: February 16, 2006
Date Finished: February 16, 2006
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: SUI Maya Pedersen
Silver: GBR Shelley Rudman
Bronze: CAN Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards

Summary

Maya Pedersen-Bieri, married to Norwegian skeleton racer Snorre Pedersen, had been one of the top contenders in the sport since the World Cup was initiated in 1996. She became World Champion in 2001 and 2005, won the World Cup in 1998, and had won 8 World Cup races, and the European title, in 2006. She did not compete in the 2003/2004 season, when she became a mother. After missing Olympic glory in 2002, she trained for the 2006 Games by projecting the course on a screen in her living room while lying down on her sled on a table. This unorthodox method paid off, and she dominated the first run at Cesana Pariol, taking a huge lead of more than half a second, and remained unchallenged in the second descent. The silver medal went to Britain’s Shelley Rudman, which was something of an upset. Rudman had started competing in skeleton after watching Alex Coomber winning a bronze in 2002, but had not been named for a top position in Torino. She edged out Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards, winner of that season’s World Cup and 2004 World Champion Diane Sartor.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Maya Pedersen 33 Switzerland SUI Gold 1:59.83
2 Shelley Rudman 24 Great Britain GBR Silver 2:01.06
3 Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards 25 Canada CAN Bronze 2:01.41
4 Diana Sartor 35 Germany GER 2:01.69
5 Costanza Zanoletti 25 Italy ITA 2:02.17
6 Katie Uhlaender 21 United States USA 2:02.30
7 Tanja Morel 30 Switzerland SUI 2:02.50
8 Anja Huber 22 Germany GER 2:02.56
9 Desirée Bjerke 34 Norway NOR 2:02.62
10 Lindsay Alcock 28 Canada CAN 2:02.85
11 Svetlana Trunova 22 Russia RUS 2:03.06
12 Louise Corcoran 26 New Zealand NZL 2:03.09
13 Michelle Steele 19 Australia AUS 2:03.47
14 Eiko Nakayama 35 Japan JPN 2:03.92
15 Monika Wołowiec 29 Poland POL 2:05.30