Gough wins bronze in World Cup finale

Abbotsford's Amy Gough won bronze in the final race of the World Cup skeleton season last Thursday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Amy Gough

Amy Gough

Abbotsford’s Amy Gough won bronze in the final race of the World Cup skeleton season last Thursday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The 34-year-old, who represented Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, finished in a dead heat for third place with Great Britain’s Shelley Rudman in a time of 1:56.57.

“I felt really good today,” Gough said in a press release. “I had good pushes and was really calm and confident. It was so nice to be racing at home.”

The bronze medal marked the sixth career podium finish for Gough, who captured her first World Cup victory in Winterberg, Germany in December. She finished sixth in the overall World Cup standings.

“We haven’t been sliding in Calgary since October, so it was a tough week of training for the Canadians,” said Gough, who racked up $5,000 as part of WinSport Canada’s Sarah Burke award for any Canadian who finishes on the podium at a World Cup event in Calgary. “We’ve slid here a lot so we got up to speed quickly. I really like Calgary and today just feels really good.”

Elizabeth Yarnold of Great Britain won the gold in 1:55.93, while Germany’s Anja Huber was second in 1:56.47.

Two other Canadians finished just off the podium. Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta. was in a tie for second after the first run, but dropped to fifth place in her second trip down the 14-corner track.

Sitting in ninth after the opening run, Calgary’s Sarah Reid put down the third-fastest run in the second heat to climb her way up to seventh.