Russia scores golden sweep in World Cup skeleton
Canadians finished 11th, 14th and 19th in the women's race
Alexander Tretiakov and Elena Nikitina swept the gold medals for Russia on Friday at the first World Cup skeleton races of the new year.
Tretiakov was an easy winner in the men's race, with 2018 Olympic gold medallist Yun Sungbin of South Korea taking second and Russia's Nikita Tregubov placing third. Nikitina won the women's event over Germany's Jacqueline Loelling, and Russia's Yulia Kanakina was third for her first World Cup medal.
Elisabeth Maier of Calgary was 11th, Mirela Rahneva of Ottawa finished 14th and Jane Channell of North Vancouver, B.C., was 19th in the women's race.
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In the men's race, Dave Greszczyszyn of Brampton, Ont., was 11th and Kevin Boyer of Sherwood Park, Alta., was 24th.
It was the second win of the season for both Tretiakov and Nikitina, who were both implicated in the 2014 Sochi Olympics' doping scandal. Russia has won five of the six gold medals in skeleton this season.
Kendall Wesenberg was the top U.S. woman, placing ninth. Austin Florian was ninth to lead the U.S. men.
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