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Nikitina wins World Cup women’s skeleton season-opener

December 9, 2018
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From left, Elisabeth Maier of Canada, second place, Enena Nikitina of Russia, first place, and Tina Hermann of Germany, third place, celebrates after women's skeleton World Cup race in Sigulda, Latvia, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Elena Nikitina of Russia built a sizable lead after the first run and went on to win the season’s first World Cup women’s skeleton race on Sunday.

Nikitina finished her two trips down the ice in 1 minute, 45.12 seconds. Canada’s Elisabeth Maier was second in 1:45.42, and Germany’s Tina Hermann was third in 1:45.60.

German sleds took three of the top six spots. The Americans struggled, with Kendall Wesenberg leading the way with an 11th-place finish. Wesenberg was last in the 15-sled field after a mistake in her first run, then rallied with the seventh-fastest time in her second run.

Savannah Graybill was 14th for the U.S.

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