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Noelle Pikus-Pace from the United States jumps on her skeleton during her first run in the women's Skeleton World Cup race in Innsbruck, Austria, Friday, Jan. 17. 2014.
IGLS, Austria—Britain's Lizzy Yarnold topped Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States for the win in a women's World Cup skeleton race Friday, the third straight competition where the Olympic gold-medal favorites took the top two spots.

Yarnold finished two runs in 1 minute, 49.04 seconds, posting the best time in each heat. Pikus-Pace was second in 1:49.36, while Austria's Janine Flock and Russia's Maria Orlova shared the bronze in 1:49.71.

Yarnold and Pikus-Pace have won all seven races this season. Yarnold has four victories, one when Pikus-Pace was disqualified.

The U.S. will announce the skeleton athletes who qualified for the Sochi Olympics later this weekend. Pikus-Pace is a lock for that team, as is Katie Uhlaender, who was 12th on Friday.

Canadian sliders skipped the race, citing concerns about ice conditions.


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