European champion Jacqueline Loelling edged Olympic champion Tina Hermann to win her first skeleton world championship title on Saturday. Loelling — at age 22 the youngest ever female world champion in skeleton — was quickest in two of the three runs over two days to beat German teammate Hermann by 0.25 seconds.
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Canada's best sliders will be in action at the skeleton and bobsleigh world championships beginning on Friday in Konigssee, Germany.
Mirela Rahneva's combined explosiveness off the skeleton start block and improved mental strength has allowed the 2018 Canadian Olympic hopeful to reach the podium four times in seven events in her rookie season on the World Cup circuit.
Canada's Mirela Rahneva landed on the podium in the women's skeleton World Cup event in Igls, Austria on Friday.
Canada's Mirela Rahneva just missed the podium in the women's skeleton World Cup event in Konigssee, Germany on Friday.
Elisabeth Vathje was declared the winner of the women's skeleton event in Winterberg, Germany on Sunday in a race that was shortened to one run due to weather conditions. Canadian teammate Mirela Rahneva also reached the podium with a third-place finish.
The federation said in a statement Friday it took the action after being informed by the International Olympic Committee that investigations had been opened into the four athletes — who have not been named.
Canada's Mirela Rahneva earned bronze in the individual skeleton race at the World Cup stop in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday.
Latvia will not send its skeleton athletes to this season's world championships in Sochi, the first such announcement by any national team in response to the Russian doping scandal.
Yun Sung-bin of South Korea won the men's skeleton World Cup season-opening race Saturday, the second victory of his career on the circuit.