WINTER OLYMPICS LIVE: Women's skeleton, day two

This live event has finished


  • Shelley Rudman 13th after three runs at Sanki Sliding Centre
  • Pewsey slider 0.14 of a second of 10th place
  • Lizzy Yarnold extends her lead to 0.78 of a second with one run left
  • Yarnold aiming to succeed Amy Williams as Olympic champion
  • Final run from 4.50pm


That's all from our Winter Olympics Live blog tonight. No more reaction from Shelley yet, but we're working on it so see later and throughout this weekend for that.

And don't forget we'll have all the best news and reaction from Sochi in next week's Gazette & Herald.




Shelley tells BBC Sport re Yarnold win: ""It's really great for GB & for our sport. I knew it was pretty much a gold medal in the bag."





Don't forget though, it's not the end of Wiltshire's participation in these Winter Olympics, with Trowbridge's Paula Walker and John Jackson going in the bobsleigh next week. Walker goes in the women's two-man event, starting on Tuesday and Jackson goes in the four-man next Saturday and Sunday.



Here's a lovely picture of Shelley congratulating her Great Britain teammate, the new Olympic champion

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And here's your new Olympic champion........................This Is Wiltshire:


Here's another image of Shelley in action today

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Very proud of my fiancé @ShelleyRudman today. She is a legend in the sport. Just not her day today.

Kristan Bromley






I'm pleased that she got down safely, that's the main thing really. She has done her best and that's all anyone can ask, it's fantastic that she has made it to the Olympics.

Mum Josie Rudman


So not the result we wanted for Wiltshire, but still another fantastic women's Olympic skeleton for Great Britain, with Lizzy Yarnold emulating Amy Williams from four years ago by winning the gold medal.

We'll hopefully be hearing from Shelley Rudman about her 16th-placed finish in due course.





Daughter Ella had made a picture for Shelley saying 'you did well congratulations.' Everyone in Pewsey is now loudly cheering for Lizzy Yarnold. Everyone in The Coopers Arms are delighted that Yarnold has won the gold medal. There was a huge swell of cheers as she hugged Shelley.

The Gazette & Herald's Anna Mauremootoo in Pewsey


Shelley's final finishing position was 16th. She'll be disappointed not to have got inside the top ten but, given her injury and illness problems, as well as her struggles to get to grips with the track, it's another fine effort from the Wiltshire woman.


To emphasise how far Yarnold has come, she was watching Amy Williams (her landlord) win gold on television four years ago. Shelley is one of the first down to congratulate her.


It's not her cleanest run but she's the gold medallist by 0.97 of a second. She absolutely dominated this event from start to finish and for the second Olympics in a row, Great Britain has the women's skeleton gold medallist.


Yarnold's start is supreme, she is over a second up


Pikus-Pace does it again, finishing 0.44 of a second in front of Nikitina in her last-ever skeleton race (she is retiring after this race). The American definitely has silver.


Slow start from Pikus-Pace, but she has usually picked up time heading down the course


Brilliant start from Nikitina, but she loses time coming down the course, hanging on to pip Uhlaender by 0.04 of a second. Nikitina is guaranteed at least a bronze. Pikus-Pace is next, followed by Yarnold.


Russia's Olga Potylitsina is 0.06 of a second outside Uhlaender's time. Another Russian Elena Nikitina is next. She was holding the bronze medal after the third run.


But home joy is shortlived as America's Katie Uhlaender takes over at the top of the rankings - a clear 0.38 of a second in front of Orlova, which does give her the chance of a medal.


The Russian crown goes wild as home slider Maria Orlova edges to the top of the leaderboard by 0.01 of a second in front of Reid. An exciting finish in prospect.


Down to the last seven sliders now and attention turns to see whether Lizzy Yarnold can become Britain's first gold medallist of these Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Canada's Sarah Reid is the current leader.



"It's not what she wanted but she's still world champion, she's still a silver medalist, I don't know what she's going to do now but whatever she does now she's had a fantastic career. "She's a Pewsey girl and we'll always support her as you can tell from the turnout here today."

Colin Harris, from the Pewsey Has Beens who have supported Shelley since she was 16





The Coopers Arms goes quiet as Shelley starts. Everyone is shouting 'go on Shelley. Gasps and claps as she crosses the finish line

The Gazette & Herald's Anna Mauremootoo in Pewsey



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The whole village is getting ready to cheer Shelley on in her last race. Shop window at Woottons

The Gazette & Herald's Anna Mauremootoo in Pewsey


Unfortunately, that is the second slowest run we've seen of those that have been down with 58.86. I'm sure Shelley will be disappointed not to have made the top ten. Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth leads at the moment after an excellent fourth run.


5.18, unfortunately it's her slowest start to date


And here comes Shelley's final run......................


Shelley is going through her final race preparations. Two more athletes to go and then she's on the start line. There has been no change in the order so far.


We're back under way in the fourth and final run. The sliders appear to be speeding up so we could see some movement in the final pecking order.



Jerry Kunkler, landlord of the Moonrakers pub said: "I was shouting at the TV and I'll be cheering on in the next race. "She's still world champion and she was silver medalist in 2006 and I don't know anyone else in the area who's achieved anything like that."

The Gazette & Herald's Anna Mauremootoo in Pewsey


A reminder that they go in reverse order in the fourth and final run, so Shelley will be eighth out. Let's hope she can finish with a flourish.




Supporter Ellie Day said: "I hope she's pleased with her first run. "It's a good atmosphere down here. It's good that so many people can turn out on a dull Friday afternoon to show their support and I know there are a lot of other people who couldn't make it who are watching from home or from their desk at work."

The Gazette & Herald's Anna Mauremootoo reports from Pewsey



Excitement is mounting as Shelley's run gets closer. Daughter Ella watching with grandparents Josie and Jack. Ella hopes her mum is ok after the bangs

The Gazette & Herald's Anna Mauremootoo
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But here's the lady they've all got to catch. Lizzy Yarnold is now looking in great position to continue Great Britain's record of a medal in every women's skeleton event since the event became part of the programme at Salt Lake City in 2002. She has a lead of 0.78 of a second, which is the proverbial mile in skeleton terms.

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They're all down in run three. Shelley is 13th, but she's still got a live shot at finishing inside the top 10. Here's Shelley after finishing her third run.

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Shelley is currently 0.14 of a second off 10th position so it's by no means insurmountable. I'm sure she'll be desperately keen to get inside that top 10 in run number four.


Although Shelley's run was her best of the three, it's actually the second slowest of the field so far, with only four sliders left to go.




A storming run of 58.61 from Austria's Janine Flock takes her from 13th to 10th, nudging Shelley down another place to 13th. Not much time separating 10th to 13th though so still places to play for in the fourth run.



Cheers rising. Ella said 'come on mum, you have to win this.'

The Gazette & Herald's Anna Mauremootoo in Pewsey


Australia's Michelle Steele jumps ahead of Shelley with a 58.76. The Pewsey slider is down to 12th.


Few messy corners at the top of the track, but Shelley seems to be settling into this run. It's a faster run at 58.82 than her previous two, but she remains 11th overall - and gives a wave and 'hello' to the camera after taking off her helmet.


Here goes Shelley, It's a 5.13 start.


To give you an idea of how good Yarnold's run was, she was the first slider to go under 58 seconds on the Sanki track. Germany's Marion Thees is on track now. Shelley next.


Canada's Sarah Reid leapfrogs Germany's Anja Huber into seventh with a good run of 58.27.


Getting closer to Shelley's third outing now. Yarnold's time looks better all the time as the rest of the field struggle to keep up.


We have our first order change as Russia's Olga Potylitsina jumps ahead of the USA's Katie Uhlaender into fourth with a run of 58.13, the second fastest third run after Yarnold.



Supporters are starting to gather in The Coopers Arms. Everyone is donned in Team GB T-Shirts and hats to show their support. Shelley's daughter Ella is cheering Lizzy Yarnold on

The Gazette & Herald's Anna Mauremootoo in Pewsey


There has been no change in position after the slides of the top four and, at the moment, the medal positions are looking locked in.


Nikitina is home in 58.33 and 0.97 behind Yarnold. Britain's first gold medal of these Games is getting close.


It's a 58.25 for Pikus-Pace and she's now 0.78 behind Yarnold, who surely has one hand on the gold medal now. Elena Nikitina, of Russia is next to go


57.91 from Yarnold first up and it's a new track record, surely strengthening her grip on gold there.


Lizzy Yarnold gets the third run under way, with her fastest start so far.


So we're almost ready for the off. In run three they will go in place order, which means Yarnold is off first, with Shelley following at 11th. Then in the final run they go off in reverse order.


Nice picture of a hug between Shelley and Lizzy Yarnold ahead of the start on BBC Television there. It's worth remembering that Yarnold started in skeleton after having her talent recognised by UK Sport's Girls4Gold scheme, a progamme Shelley helped to launch.


Not far off the start of run three at the Sanki Sliding Centre, which does look even more dramatic all lit up at night.
Yarnold obviously is in the box seat, but her lead is not a guarantee of gold yet and America's Noelle Pikus-Pace, lying second, certainly hasn't given up


Lizzy is pretty far ahead - it's a large margin in our sport but it's definitely not out of reach. Lizzy knows how to handle that pressure. She has done it all season and she will come out to be competitive. But any time you're in front it's yours to lose and there is always someone chasing you. I've been at the National Championships where on the second day I was six tenths back and I still won the race so anything is possible. It just depends how she's going to handle the pressure overnight and how much she's got left for the final day.

Noelle Pikus-Pace



Lizzy Yarnold has already been pictured with her 'Yarny Army' of supporters out in Russia, but 'Shelley's Army' are still doing her proud back in Pewsey and will be watching again today.

Mum Josie, dad Jack and six year old daughter Ella (pictured before the Vancouver Games four years ago) were all watching from the village yesterday, with Josie speaking of her pride afterwards.


“I’m not surprised with how things have gone because of her weight, Shelley is one of the lightest competitors and as the commentator said it’s easier for the heavier girls. "I’m very proud of her, I’m very pleased with 11th place.”

Josie RudmanThis Is Wiltshire: Jack and Josie Rudman with Shelley's daughter Ella-marie


Shelley's fiance Kristan Bromley has also been in action today, in the first two runs of the men's skeleton. He's tied eighth at the halfway point, 2.27 seconds behind leaders Alexander Tretiakov, of Russia. Britain's Dominic Parsons is tied tenth.

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Shelley gave her verdict after her opening two runs, a big bump on the opening slide leaving her down the field.


"I didn't get curve 14 on the first run and it's an uphill section so that bled my time. "I pushed a lot faster for the second run and made up a bit of time, so I can only be pleased with that."It's not a bad day and hopefully there is more to come. I'm just really enjoying the experience and being part of the Olympics again. "I hope I can move up a bit after I got my second run more to how I want it to be, but if I don't, I still have to be happy with what I have done."

Shelley Rudman


Yarnold meanwhile, is trying to emulate Amy Williams' gold medal from Vancouver and is the undisputed form slider this season, having dominated the World Cup series.

After short-track speed skater Elise Christie's near-miss in the 500m yesterday, the 25 year old from Kent could claim Britain's second medal of Sochi 2014, following the bronze of Bristol's Jenny Jones in the slopestyle last weekend.

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So, a brief rundown of where we are at the midway point of the women's skeleton.

Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold, the World Cup champion who is based at the University of Bath, dominated yesterday's runs and leads by 0.44 of a second from the USA's Noelle Pikus-Pace.

Russia's Elena Nikitina lies in third position.

Shelley is 1.90 seconds off the lead and a sizeable 1.35 seconds behind Nikitina. Realistically, the Wiltshire woman will be going all out to try and push herself into the top ten in the final two runs in what is her third Winter Olympic Games.

After finishing sixth in Vancouver four years ago and, of course, winning that unforgettable silver medal in Turin in 2006, that would represent a superb record for the 32 year old.


As well as the reaction from Shelley after she has completed her two runs, as well as the news of the final medal positions, we'll have plenty of other reaction from Shelley's home village of Pewsey, where our reporter Anna Mauremootoo and photographer Vicky Scipio are with the villagers watching Shelley's progress.


Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the final two runs in the Olympic women's skeleton at Sochi 2014, where Pewsey's Shelley Rudman is in action.

Shelley starts day two in 11th position, 1.90 seconds behind compatriot Lizzy Yarnold, who is in pole position to secure Great Britain's second medal of these Winter Olympics - and the first gold.

We'll start the build-up proper from 3pm, ahead of the start of the third run at 3.40pm British time, with the final run to start from 4.50pm.

In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to have your say, or show your support for Shelley. Leave your comments underneath this live blog, or tweet your support for Shelley to @gazsport.

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