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Pikus-Pace wins World Cup skeleton finale

Sunday - 1/26/2014, 8:30am  ET

KONIGSSEE, Germany (AP) -- Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States won the final World Cup skeleton race of her career Friday, her fourth victory of the season.

Pikus-Pace's time was 52.92 seconds, 0.44 seconds ahead of Janine Flock of Austria and a half-second up on Shelley Rudman of Britain. Snow forced the cancelation of the second heat.

Elizabeth Yarnold of Britain finished ninth, clinching the overall World Cup title. She finished 152 points ahead of Pikus-Pace in the standings, benefitting from the American's disqualification and loss of 225 points in the opening race of the year after British officials complained about the way tape was applied to one of Pikus-Pace's sled handles.

Pikus-Pace is retiring after next month's Sochi Olympics, where she will be a medal favorite.


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