Shelley closes gap on leader

SHEFFIELD skeleton bobsleigh star Shelley Rudman’s celebrated another podium place after closing the gap in a bid for her first World Cup series title.

That will now be decided in Calgary this week after she claimed third place in the penultimate round of the series in Canada.

Rudman, who has been runner-up in the World Cup series for the past three years, finished third in round seven in Whistler to bring her within seven points of series leader Marion Thees, of Germany, who was fifth.

“I’m very happy with a bronze medal considering this is my least favourite track on the circuit,” said Shelley who shot to fame at the 2006 winter Olympics in Turin by winning a silver medal in the skeleton bobsleigh event. It was the first and only medal to be won at the Games by a British athlete.