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Canada's Jane Channell ends World Cup skeleton season 3rd overall

In only her second season on the skeleton World Cup circuit, Canada's Jane Channell in finished third in the overall standings.

North Vancouver native finished 11th in Friday's race

Jane Channell finished third in the overall standings for the 2015-16 IBSF World Cup skeleton season. 0:37

Jane Channell, of North Vancouver, B.C., in only her second season on the skeleton World Cup circuit, finished third in the overall standings, with 1410 points.

"I'm so happy to place third overall. To accomplish this in my first full year on the World Cup feels amazing," Channell said. "I really have to thank my coaches, teammates, family and friends for helping and supporting me. Honestly without them I'd be nothing."

Germany finished 1-2, as Tina Hermann came in first with 1737, Jacqueline Loelling was second with 1550.

Hermann won five of eight races on the circuit to take the overall title ahead of Loelling and Channell. 

As for the race, Hermann posted the fastest times in both heats on her home track for a winning total of one minute, 43.21 seconds, .37 seconds ahead of Loelling in Friday's event. 

Marina Gilardoni of Switzerland was .87 seconds back in third. 

Elisabeth Vathje was 10th (+2.58) and Channell was 11th (+2.66).

"It's been a rough season and a lot of learning. I was really stoked with my result in Igls because I finally felt like me again sliding," said Vathje, who finished ninth in the Overall World Cup standings.

"I finally had a good push on my second run, and I'm starting to relax more on my sled. Unfortunately it took all season to get it back, but it motivates me for next season and will keep doing my best."

With files from the Associated Press

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