SKELETON: Uhlaender Claims Second Overall World Cup Title
WINTERBERG, Germany-Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) secured her second overall World Cup title today after winning bronze in the World Cup finale in Winterberg, Germany. Uhlaender claimed the 2008 World Cup trophy by 71 points over Canada's Michelle Kelly after winning six medals this season, four of them gold."This was a great end to the season,"Uhlaender said."I'm stoked, and I can't wait to compete in World Championships in Altenberg to fight for the World Championship title as well."In today's competition, Uhlaender looked poised and composed wearing the yellow World Cup leader bib at the starting line. Powering off the block with a start time of 5.49 seconds, Uhlaender finished with a first run time of 59.35 seconds to break the track record. Uhlaender watched as the record continued to fall throughout the heat, placing her in fourth position entering the second run. Improving her start time with a 5.44 push, Uhlaender slid to the finish with a down time of 59.27 seconds, second fastest of the heat. Standing at the finish, Uhlaender cheered as her combined time of 1:58.62 seconds bettered the next competitor, Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth, guaranteeing Uhlaender at least a bronze medal in the World Cup finale."It was a lot of fun today,"Uhlaender said."It was a pretty close race at the end, but that's what makes good competition."Anja Huber from Germany used her home track advantage to move up from a sixth place time of 59.38 seconds in the first heat with the fastest time of the second heat, 59.14, to move into second. Huber slid a two-run total of 1:58.52 for the silver medal, just 0.10 seconds ahead of the World Cup Champion. Canada's Michelle Kelly claimed her third gold medal this season today with a combined time of 1:58.40. Kelly smashed the track record in the first heat with a time of 59.10 seconds, giving her a large lead over the field entering the final heat. Sliding to the finish with a time of 59.30 seconds, third best of the heat, Kelly maintained her lead by 0.12 seconds for the win. North Americans claimed the top three spots in overall World Cup standings. Uhlaender finished the season with 1670 points for the title. Canada's Kelly finished 71 points behind the American to finish second in overall World Cup rank with 1599 points. Kelly's teammate Hollingsworth finished third with 1458 points. U.S. National Champion Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) made her World Cup debut today, finishing 11th with a combined time of 1:59.89. Tomlinson pushed times of 5.67 and 5.73 for runs of 59.91 and 59.98, respectively. Sliding the tenth best runs of each heat, Tomlinson was only 0.11 seconds from the top ten. Courtney Yamada (Boise, Idaho) finished 16th today with a two-run total of 2:00.37. Yamada slid runs of 1:00.11 and 1:00.27 after pushing start times of 5.55 and 5.56, respectively. Yamada finished the season ranked 13th in overall World Cup standings with 952 points. For complete results of today's race, visit www.bobsleigh.com, the Web site of the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT). Results: 1. Michelle Kelly (CAN) 1:58.40 (59.10, 59.30); 2. Anja Huber (GER) 1:58.52 (59.38, 59.14); 3. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 1:58.62 (59.35, 59.27);_11. Keslie Tomlinson (USA) 1:59.89 (59.91, 59.98);_16. Courtney Yamada (USA) 2:00.38 (1:00.11, 1:00.27); About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation'
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