Gough sixth at Lake Placid

  • Mon Nov 23rd, 2009 6:00pm
  • Sports

Abbotsford skeleton athlete Amy Gough finished sixth in a World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y. last Friday, and became eligible for Olympic selection in the process.

Gough clocked a time of 1:56.01 over two trips down the Lake Placid track. She finished second among Canadian women – Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Atla. won gold, while Michelle Kelly of Fort St. John was eighth overall.

More importantly, Gough’s finish completed her eligibility requirements for selection to Canada’s Olympic team. She currently sits third overall in the World Cup standings with 386 points, trailing Hollingsworth and Great Britain’s Shelley Rudman.

The Canadian skeleton squad is working together as a team to stay in the top-two nations in the world rankings, which will guarantee them three sleds in the Olympics.