Deas takes bronze at St Moritz skeleton World Cup

23 January 2015 / 14:59

Laura Deas says clinching her second medal of the skeleton World Cup was the perfect way to end a memorable week in St Moritz, Switzerland.

After taking silver in Calgary in December, Deas started well on the historic Swiss course, clocking 1:10.45minutes after her first run, just 0.05 seconds behind leader Janine Flock.

A second run of 1:10.13 had her in second with only Flock left to slide and a combined time of 2:20.58.

The Austrian however showed her class and managed to hold off the challenge of Deas and Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje to become the first Austrian to win a skeleton World Cup event.

However, despite dropping to third, Deas was more than happy to finish on the podium.

“I’ve had a really good training week and I’ve just been really enjoying the track,” she said.

“It’s been an amazing place to slide and it’s been a long time since I was last here so I was just trying to get back into it and feel what was going on.
“I managed to do that and it’s been a great week.”

Also in action were Great Britain’s Rose McGrandle and Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold, the latter managing a sixth-place finish and the former down in 11th.

In the men’s event Dominic Parsons was third after his first run but couldn’t hang on for a medal as he slipped to fourth following a second slide – Nikita Tregybov taking the bronze behind Martins Dukurs and Sungbin Yun.  

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