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Noelle Pikus-Pace wins skeleton

Updated: January 11, 2013, 3:29 PM ET
Associated Press

KOENIGSSEE, Germany -- Noelle Pikus-Pace got her first World Cup win since 2004, beating two German sliders to the gold medal in a skeleton race on Friday.

The American and 2007 world champion was injured before the 2006 Olympics and finished fourth in 2010, after which she retired. She has been sliding well since returning in November, but had yet to top the podium.

Pikus-Pace finished 1 minute, 47.51 seconds, beating World Cup overall leader Marion Thees by 0.41 seconds. Anja Huber ...

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