Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Rahneva Wins First World Cup Skeleton Title on Storied St. Moritz Track

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Rahneva Wins First World Cup Skeleton Title on Storied St. Moritz Track

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Canada's Rahneva wins first WCup skeleton title

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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland - Canada's Mirela Rahneva won her first career skeleton World Cup title Friday, sliding to victory in just her fifth race on the circuit.

Rahneva, from Ottawa, posted a commanding two-run time of two minutes, 16.53 seconds on the only non-refrigerated track in the world.

"It means a lot to be able to get my first win on this track. It is such a special place," Rahneva said. "I was really able to focus this week, and I knew what I needed to do on the track. I did all the right little tweaks that we practised in training and it came together today. I'm overwhelmed and it was a great day."

Kendall Wesenberg of the United States was 1.83 back, while Janine Flock of Austria was third, trailing by 1.98 in the city which is considered the birthplace of skeleton.

"This place really is so special. The track is so smooth and the place is decked out every year," Rahneva said. "Being natural ice it is different every year, but I was able to adapt and learn quickly this week on a challenging track. …

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