Potylitsina wins as Brits flounder in Igls
Russia's Olga Potylitsina claimed her first skeleton World Cup victory with a blistering second run in the season's opener in Igls, Austria.
Great Britain’s Shelley Rudman was sitting in the podium places for much of the second run but eventually had to settle for fifth while compatriot and Olympic champion Amy Williams ended up 12th on her full-time return to the sport.
But the story of the day was Potylitsina, sitting second after the first run, she put together an impressive time of 54.68seconds on her final run to claim gold in an overall time of 1:49.39minutes ahead of Australia’s Emma Lincoln-Smith.
The Australian had been in first place after the opening runs but could not seal her country’s first ever World Cup win as a below-par second outing dropped her down into the silver medal position.
Canadian veteran Melissa Hollingsworth, an Olympic bronze medallist from Turin in 2006, took bronze while Germany’s Anja Huber narrowly missed out on the podium despite an impressive second run.
Williams, taking part in her first full season since taking gold in Vancouver in 2010, looked a little rusty on her return with her two runs of 55.21 and 55.04seconds both well outside the podium positions.