Austria’s Flock wins women’s World Cup skeleton opener

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Austria’s Janine Flock lowered her Mount Van Hoevenberg track record Thursday on the way to winning the season’s first World Cup women’s skeleton race.

Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje was second and reigning Olympic gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold of Britain was third.

Flock’s first run of 54.69 seconds was more than three-tenths of a second better than any other slider’s top time down the track Thursday. She was significantly slower in the second run, yet still prevailed by 0.26 seconds.

Flock’s previous track record was 54.84 seconds, set last month.

Reigning World Cup overall champion Jacqueline Lolling of Germany was eighth.

The top American was Katie Uhlaender, who finished ninth. Savannah Graybill was 11th and Kendall Wesenberg took 14th for the U.S.

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