No World Cup glory for Rudman
Shelley Rudman’s quest for her maiden FIBT skeleton overall World Cup title ended in disappointment as the Brit recorded her worst finish of the season at the scene of the 2006 Olympic silver medal.
The 29-year-old will have to console herself with finishing second overall for the third straight season as Germany’s double world champion Anja Huber wrapped up the crown with victory in Cesana.
Rudman was always facing an uphill task despite having fond memories of the Italian track and her preparations were severely hampered as she was laid low with a chest infection in the days leading up to the event.
But the Brit could only manage seventh place across both runs, ensuring that was where she finished overall as Huber sealed the victory in a combined time of 1:56.71 minutes with Rudman 1.36 seconds off the pace.
And to rub salt into the wounds for the Brits, Huber’s second run, which saw her retain her lead at the halfway point and top the podium, pushed Donna Creighton out of the medal positions and into fourth.
Creighton was lying in 11th place after her first run but a storming second outing of 58.58 – bettered only by Huber and Marion Thees who took silver – saw her rise through the field.
But Darla Deschamps of Canada pipped her to bronze by 0.62 seconds while Olympic champion Amy Williams continues her belated return to the sport and finished one place behind Rudman in eighth.
Rudman and co will now turn their attentions to the World Championships later this month in Koenigssee, Germany.