at the XX Olympic Winter Games
|Competitors||15 from 12 nations|
Two-time world champion Maya Pedersen set the two fastest times to win the gold medal, Switzerland's first gold of the games. Shelley Rudman won silver, Great Britain's only medal of the games. Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards took bronze for Canada, the first Olympic medal in skeleton won by a Canadian athlete.
Rudman's hometown of Pewsey, Wiltshire held a twelve-hour canoe marathon to raise money to help her go to Turin after she was disqualified from the 2005 world championships in Calgary for her sled being 200 grams (0.44 lb) overweight after she was denied funding by the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. Pederson trained for the event by watching a video of the course on a big screen in her living room while lying down on her sled on a table.
|Rank||Name||Country||Run 1||Run 2||Total||Diff.|
|Shelley Rudman||Great Britain||1:00.57||1:00.49||2:01.06||+1.23|
|6||Katie Uhlaender||United States||1:00.87||1:01.43||2:02.30||+2.47|
|12||Louise Corcoran||New Zealand||1:01.06||1:02.03||2:03.09||+3.26|
- "Torino 2006 Official Report - Skeleton" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
- Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2009). "Skeleton: Women". In The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics: 2010 Edition London: Aurum Press Limited. pp. 178-9.