Shelley Rudman set up a grandstand finish to the Women’s Skeleton World Cup competition after securing her second successive victory in the latest round in St Moritz.
Rudman claimed gold, beating Canada’s Mellissa Hollingsworth by 0.24 seconds, with current World Cup points leader Anja Huber of Germany taking bronze.
This was the third consecutive year that Rudman had won in Switzerland, the long track being perfectly suited to her smooth driving style.
Rudman’s victory cut the gap on Huber to just 11 points, ahead of this weekend’s final World Cup race in Cesana (Torino) and with the race winner getting 15 points more than the second-placed slider, it looks like it’ll be a straight head-to-head fight for the title.
Victory on the same track that clinched Shelley a silver medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics will be enough to seal her first World title.
She said: “The most important thing was to give myself a fighting chance going into the final race and my win means it’s going to go right down to the wire.
“I’ve had chances going into the final race of the season in each of the last two years but it hasn’t quite been enough. I hope with lots of work and the benefit of my experience it will pay off this time.”
Shelley’s fiancé Kristan Bromley finished 14th on his return from injury and is concentrating on regaining his form ahead of the World Championships in Königssee, Germany, on February 14–27.