Laura Deas claims World Cup skeleton bronze in Lake Placid

Laura Deas
Laura Deas took her total in the World Cup standings to 761 points

Britain's Laura Deas finished third at the first World Cup skeleton race of 2016 in the United States, with American Annie O'Shea securing victory.

Deas, 27, finished in a time of one minute 50.59 seconds.

The Welsh woman remains third in the World Cup standings, 19 points behind second-placed Jacqueline Loelling, with Tina Hermann well clear at the top.

Laura Deas
Deas was in joint first place after the first of two runs

Britain's Donna Creighton, 30, finished 10th at Lake Placid to secure her first top 10 result of the season.

Deas shared the lead at the end of the first run with a time of 55.16 seconds, but was beaten to gold by O'Shea, who was racing on her home track.

Switzerland's Marina Gilardoni came second, with Germany's overall World Cup leader Hermann finishing fourth.

The men's skeleton takes place on Saturday, with Dom Parsons going for Great Britain.

Laura Deas
Laura Deas,was a professional event rider before being recruited to skeleton through UK Sport's 'Girls4Gold' campaign in 2009

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