Skeleton rookie Vathje wins world championship bronze

Canada’s women’s skeleton team enjoyed a superb two days in Winterberg, Germany with Elisabeth Vathje winning a world championship bronze medal and two of her teammates finishing in top 10.

At the BMW FIBT World Bobsleigh and Skeleton Championships the Canadians knew they were in position to strike the podium when after the first day of women’s skeleton races Vathje and Jane Channell were two of the four fastest.

On Saturday, Vathje maintained a top three place taking third behind British legend Lizzy Yarnold and Germany’s Jacqueline Lölling.

Channell was fourth and another Canadian, Lanette Prediger, will leave Germany in 10th place. The total time for Yarnold over four heats was 3:49.95. Lölling was 0.67 seconds behind and Vathje – in her rookie season – was 0.79s back of the Olympic champion Yarnold.

The world championships end Sunday with final heats of the 4-man bobsleigh. The early heats are underway on Saturday (watch live online).

Feature photo: Vathje after skeleton World Cup race in Igls, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015