Skeleton: Lizzy Yarnold's title ambitions hit by cancelled race

Lizzy Yarnold
Lizzy Yarnold finished on the podium in seven of the eight races, including four wins, as she won the 2013-14 World Cup title

Lizzy Yarnold's hopes of defending her World Cup title were dented by the cancellation of Saturday's race in La Plagne, France.

The race, which was due to double up as the European Championship, was called off because of "unacceptable ice conditions".

Briton Yarnold, 26, is fifth in the World Cup standings with only races in Igls and Sochi remaining.

GB's Laura Deas and Rose McGrandle were also set to compete in La Plagne.

The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton & Federation (FIBT) is set to make an announcement next week about alternative arrangements for the European Championship.

Yarnold, who won gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, missed the second World Cup event of the season in Calgary in December because of dizziness.

2014-15 Women's Skeleton World Cup standings
1. Tina HermannGermany944
2. Janine FlockAustria929
3. Sophia GriebelGermany888
4. Anja Huber SelbachGermany842
5. Lizzy YarnoldGB836
6. Laura DeasGB818
7. Rose McGrandleGB760