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Amy Williams of Great Britain wins gold in women's skeleton; Noelle Pikus-Pace of U.S. finishes fourth

February 19, 2010 |  6:02 pm


Amy Williams won the gold medal in women's skeleton, becoming Britain's first individual Winter Olympics champion since figure skater Robin Cousins 30 years ago.

Williams finished four runs at the Whistler Sliding Center in 3 minutes, 35.64 seconds. Germany's Kerstin Szymkowiak won the silver in 3:36.20, and another German, Anja Huber, won the bronze in 3:36.36.

Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. just missed a medal, finishing fourth with a time of 3:36.46.   

Williams raced with a helmet that had ridges along the top, something that the United States argued was aerodynamically illegal.

Race officials denied a protest filed after Thursday's first two runs of the two-day competition.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Amy Williams. Credit: CJ Gunther, EPA.