Shelley Rudman wins skeleton title

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland -- Shelley Rudman of Britain won her first skeleton world championship title on Friday, holding off a strong challenge from Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States.

Rudman's one-second lead from the opening two runs Thursday was cut to 0.57 by Pikus-Pace, who was fastest in the final two runs and took silver.

Sarah Reid of Canada earned bronze, trailing 1.41 behind Rudman's combined time of 4 minutes, 38.60 seconds on the Olympia track.

The 31-year-old Rudman added the world title to her 2012 World Cup championship.

Pikus-Pace, the 2007 world champion in St. Moritz, got silver in her comeback season after a two-year competitive break from the sport.