Skeleton at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's

The women's skeleton at the 2006 Winter Olympics took place on 16 February, at the Cesana Pariol.

Women's Skeleton
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Skeleton pictogram.svg
Pictogram for skeleton
VenueCesana Pariol
Dates16 February
Competitors15 from 12 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Maya Pedersen  Switzerland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Shelley Rudman  Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Mellisa Hollingsworth  Canada
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ResultsEdit

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.[1]

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.[2]

Rank Name Country Run 1 Run 2 Total Diff.
  Maya Pedersen-Bieri   Switzerland 0:59.64 1:00.19 1:59.83
  Shelley Rudman   Great Britain 1:00.57 1:00.49 2:01.06 +1.23
  Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards   Canada 1:00.39 1:01.02 2:01.41 +1.58
4 Diana Sartor   Germany 1:00.29 1:01.40 2:01.69 +1.86
5 Costanza Zanoletti   Italy 1:00.99 1:01.18 2:02.17 +2.34
6 Katie Uhlaender   United States 1:00.87 1:01.43 2:02.30 +2.47
7 Tanja Morel   Switzerland 1:00.85 1:01.65 2:02.50 +2.67
8 Anja Huber   Germany 1:01.12 1:01.44 2:02.56 +2.73
9 Desiree Bjerke   Norway 1:00.92 1:01.70 2:02.62 +2.79
10 Lindsay Alcock   Canada 1:01.26 1:01.59 2:02.85 +3.02
11 Svetlana Trunova   Russia 1:01.23 1:01.83 2:03.06 +3.23
12 Louise Corcoran   New Zealand 1:01.06 1:02.03 2:03.09 +3.26
13 Michelle Steele   Australia 1:01.26 1:02.21 2:03.47 +3.64
14 Eiko Nakayama   Japan 1:01.82 1:02.10 2:03.92 +4.09
15 Monika Wolowiec   Poland 1:02.31 1:02.99 2:05.30 +5.47

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Torino 2006 Official Report - Skeleton" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ 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.