Canada's Mirela Rahneva wins skeleton World Cup silver in Germany

Canada's Mirela Rahneva won silver in skeleton at the World Cup stop in Germany on Friday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Canada's Mirela Rahneva won silver in skeleton at the World Cup stop in Germany on Friday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Mirela Rahneva slid to a skeleton World Cup silver medal on Friday in Winterberg, Germany.

The Ottawa native was the fastest competitor in the first heat, racing to a time of 58.60 seconds.

Rahneva posted a second-heat time of 58.64 to remain on the podium behind Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands, who took gold in a two-run combined time of one minute 57.18 seconds.

"I really, really enjoy sliding here. When I enjoy the track, it is a lot easier to relax and let it fly a little more." Rahneva said in a release.

German Hannah Neise rounded out the podium with bronze in a time of 1:57.34.

Rahneva, a two-time Olympian, also captured gold at a World Cup stop in Park City, Utah, earlier this season.

"Winterberg is a really gentle gliders track. It is a really nice, gentle track, and that is my preferred kind of driving. It is really intuitive," she said.

"I just made a mistake in corner 11 and was trying to clean things up in the second run. First would have been nice, but was really aiming for top-three, so I'm really happy to be on the podium."

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In other Canadian results, Jane Channell (North Vancouver, B.C.) finished 10th with a time of 1:58.20. Meanwhile, Jaclyn Laberge (Calgary, Alta.) placed last after a first-heat time of 1:00.18 and retiring for the day, not sliding in the second heat.

Rahneva, 34, placed fifth at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and 12th at Pyeongchang 2018. Friday's silver medal is the 13th World Cup podium appearance of her career.

Live streaming coverage of the bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup in Winterberg continues Saturday on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.