Pikus-Pace wins silver at skeleton worlds

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Second placed US athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace celebrates in the finish aera after the skeleton World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini)


Noelle Pikus-Pace finished her final run at the skeleton world championships on Friday, hopped off her sled and thrust her arms skyward.

She knew the title was out of her reach. But after sitting out for two years, trying to convince herself that she was retired, a silver medal was certainly worth savoring.

Pikus-Pace further established herself as an Olympic medal favorite — again — with a second-place finish at worlds, finishing only behind Britain's Shelley Rudman on the historic track in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Rudman finished the four-run, two-day competition in 4 minutes, 38.60 seconds, with Pikus-Pace winding up 0.57 seconds off that pace.

Canada's Sarah Reid won the bronze, another 0.84 seconds behind Pikus-Pace.