FIBT Skeleton World Cup
Thursday February 2, Whistler, Canada,
British Eurosport 2 11PM
With the national economy faltering, riots in the streets and failure on a number of sporting fronts, it’s heartening to know that we Brits are among the best in the world at sliding face first down a frozen mountain.
The penultimate round of the face-sliding World Cup (or skeleton, to give it its proper name) is taking place in Canada next week, with Brit Shelley Rudman second in the rankings behind German Marion Thees.
Olympic silver-medallist Rudman, who won gold a fortnight ago in Königssee, isn’t the only Brit performing well – she was beaten by 0.25 seconds in St Moritz last week by compatriot Elizabeth Yarnold (in only her second career start). Rudman has finished runner-up in the World Cup for the past three years, but she is just 23 points off the lead going into the penultimate race in Whistler. With 225 points on offer for an event win, she has every chance of overhauling that deficit and becoming Britain’s first World Cup winner since 2002.