Deas wins World Cup bronze in Lake Placid

Laura Deas picked up her second skeleton World Cup medal of the season after coming third at the event in Lake Placid.

The 27-year-old won a maiden World Cup gold in Altenberg back in November and looked on course for a second victory of the season when she finished her first run in 55.16 seconds, equal first with Switzerland’s Marina Gilardoni.

However on the second run, Anne O’Shea of the USA stunned everyone with a time of 55.08, to claim victory over Gilardoni by 0.09 seconds.

Deas finished a further 0.16 seconds back in third but closed the gap at the top of the overall World Cup standings, where she is now also third.

And Leas was delighted with her performance, stating on social media after the event: “Very pleased to have won the bronze medal today. That was some good racing.”

It was a first-ever World Cup victory for O’Shea in her tenth season but Germany’s Tina Hermann remains top of the overall standings.

Deas’ fellow Brit Donna Creighton came home in tenth place, her best World Cup performance so far this season.