Canadian Jane Channell slides to silver at skeleton World Cup
Vancouver resident picks up 2nd medal this season
Canada's Jane Channell slid to her first career World Cup silver medal on Saturday in Park City, Utah.
The 27-year-old clocked the first and second-fastest start times while blasting down the 13-corner track in a combined time of one minute 41.49 seconds.
"Winning the silver feels amazing. It's reassuring that I'm taking steps in the right direction having slid two relatively consistent runs," said Channell.
"Park City is a short, pushers track so being able to have a strong push gives me the upper hand and a bit of a buffer incase things don't go as planned down the track. It is a confidence booster knowing that out of the gates I'm the one being chased."
The North Vancouver resident was sitting in unfamiliar territory midway through the race after posting the second fastest opening run at 50.34. But the second year slider on the World Cup was able to shake off her nerves to secure the silver medal.
"I've never been second last off at the World Cup level," added Channell. "The men were in the start house so I wasn't alone up there.
"My teammates and the other sliders were great. Their small distractions helped me to stay relaxed before my second run."
It was the second medal of Channell's season and World Cup career. Channell also won the bronze in Winterberg, Germany.
Tina Hermann of Germany won the event after setting the time to beat at 1:41.08.
"Tina is a very good slider. We joke that I'll trade her my start for her lines down the track," laughed Channell. "If I want to overtake her, I'll need to keep having fast starts and two perfect consistent runs. I'll also need to learn to relax more on the sled and trust that it will fly."
Austria's Janine Flock was third with a time of 1:41.58.
Calgary's Elisabeth Vathje also had her best performance of the season. Sitting in ninth spot after the first heat, she posted the fourth-fastest second heat to climb into sixth place overall at 1:42.01.
Meanwhile, Canada's Barrett Martineau had his best career finish on the skeleton World Cup in the men's race.
The former 24-year-old national team ski jumping athlete from Calgary slid into eighth spot with a two-run time of 1:39.77.
"This result feels great. My best World Cup to date and that is something to smile about," said Martineau.
While he has little experience sliding in Park City, Martineau feels at home, a place he spent countless hours during his ski jumping days.
"The track is fun, and I love the vibe here. I think being here put me in a positive mindset," added Martineau. "I'm gaining experience as the season goes on and that is helping me to become a more confident and relaxed slider which is allowing me to make positive strides towards being competitive with the best in the world."
Dave Greszczyszyn, of Brampton, Ont., placed 12th with a time of 1:40.29.
Latvia's Martins Dukurs continued his dominance of the men's World Cup, winning with a time of 1:38.35. Korea's Sungbin Yun slid to the silver medal with a time of 1:38.73, while Germany's Axel Jungk locked up the bronze medal after stopping the clock at 1:39.05.
With files from Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton