Shelley Rudman was unable to capitalise on her first gold medal of the Skeleton World Cup season in Winterberg last week, finishing tenth in La Plagne.
Before the event, the reigning World Cup champion had conceded that she had little chance of picking up a second consecutive win in France. “I’m not too confident,” Rudman had told BBC Wiltshire. “This track and Whistler are the ones I find quite difficult.”
And so it proved, with Rudman clocking in at 2:09.80 over both runs, 1.58 seconds behind winner Katie Uhlaender. She was just 0.77 behind after the first run, but was unable to bridge the gap on a tough La Plagne run.
Lizzy Yarnold also came back down to the ice with a bump with an eighth placed finish. The damage was done on a terrible first run as Yarnold finished in twelfth, over a second behind the lead. An individual second run that would have seen her end the weekend in fifth went some way to improve her stature, but wasn’t enough for her to add to her two medals so far this season.
The slider, who recently confessed that she would love to be leading the World Cup standings, slips down to fourth place overall, two places and 41 points above compatriot Rudman. Fellow skeleton competitor Donna Creighton finished 19th out of 20 athletes to leave her 12th overall.