Shelley dedicates World Cup win to parents

Great Britain's Shelley Rudman starts her run during the women's World Cup skeleton event in Calgary, Alberta, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
Great Britain's Shelley Rudman starts her run during the women's World Cup skeleton event in Calgary, Alberta, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

SHEFFIELD-based skeleton bobsleigh star Shelley Rudman is a World Cup winner.

The 30-year-old, competing in Calgary, took the top podium spot at the end of an eight race series and then dedicated her win to her parents - her dad suffered a brain haemorrhage last year.

Shelley was sixth fastest on the second run and her overall third-place finish in the final race was enough to seal a first World Cup overall title.

Her third podium propelled her to 1507 points in the overall standings, ahead of Germany’s Marion Thees with 1458 and newly deposed champion Anja Huber on 1443.

“I still can’t believe I’m a World champion,” said Shelley. “I’m so happy to have achieved one of my goals since starting the sport and I’m dedicating my win to my mum and dad.

“It’s been a real difficult year for us after dad suffered a brain haemorrhage last year. He wanted me to win.”

It is the first time for 10 years that Britain has boasted a skeleton world champion, after Alex Coomber last won the title in 2002.

Shelley shot to fame at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy by winning the silver medal in the skeleton bobsleigh event.