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Canada's Elisabeth Maier slides to skeleton silver in Sigulda

Calgary's Elisabeth Maier scored a silver medal in the women's skeleton race at a World Cup event in Sigulda, Latvia on Sunday. Fellow Canadian Jane Channell finished just off the podium in fourth.

Fellow Canuck Jane Channell barely misses podium in 4th

Elisabeth Maier of Canada reacts after she placed second in the women's skeleton World Cup race in Sigulda, Latvia, on Sunday. (Roman Koksarov/Associated Press)

Calgary's Elisabeth Maier scored a silver medal in the women's skeleton race at a World Cup event in Sigulda, Latvia on Sunday.

Fellow Canadian Jane Channell finished just off the podium in fourth.

Maier (née Vathje) finished with a two-run time of one minute, 45.42 seconds. Elena Nikitina of Russia clocked in at 1:45.12 for the win, while Tina Hermann of Germany took bronze at 1:45.60.

Channell, from North Vancouver, finished 0.09 seconds off the podium with a time of 1:45.69

It was the 11th World Cup medal for Maier in her five-year career.

WATCH | Elisabeth Maier slides to silver in Sigulda:

In the first World Cup event of the year, Canada's Elisabeth Maier is off to a strong start, finishing with a silver in Sigulda Latvia. 1:49

"I'm definitely happy with the result today. It was a steep learning curve, but I would not have had the result today if it wasn't for the amazing team surrounding me," said Maier, who married Austrian bobsledder Benjamin Maier just weeks after competing in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Ottawa's Mirela Rahneva was the only other Canadian in the field and finished 12th at 1:47.30.

In men's bobsleigh, German pilot Francesco Friedrich won his second World Cup event in as many days with a combined time of 1:40.25, ahead of Oskars Kibermanis of Latvia, and Hafer Christoph of Germany. 

WATCH | Francesco Friedrich takes gold in men's bobsleigh:

German pilot Francesco Friedrich won his second World Cup event in as many days, squeaking out a victory over Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis. 1:37

WATCH | Elena Nikitina wins 1st World Cup event of the season:

Elena Nikitina turned her first run lead into a gold medal with a solid second run to take gold in Sigulda, Latvia. 1:56

WATCH | Women's skeleton - 1st heat

IBSF Skeleton World Cup from Sigulda, Latvia 37:43

WATCH | Women's skeleton - 2nd heat

IBSF Skeleton World Cup from Sigulda, Latvia 37:13

WATCH | Men's bobsleigh - 1st heat 

IBSF World Cup from Sigulda, Latvia 52:51

WATCH | Men's bobsleigh - 2nd heat

IBSF World Cup from Sigulda, Latvia 49:17

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