PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States set a pair of track records Friday on the way to winning the gold medal at the second World Cup skeleton race of the season.

Pikus-Pace was disqualified from what was originally announced as a win in the season-opening race last weekend after British officials protested about a piece of tape on the handle of her sled. She left no doubt Friday, beating Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold by 0.68 seconds for the victory.

Pikus-Pace's two-run time was 1:39.54. Yarnold finished in 1:40.22 and Canada's Sarah Reid took third in 1:40.60.

"When we go through hard times we have a choice to make," Pikus-Pace said. "We can either let it get us down or we can push forward and see what we're made of. And I just feel like that's what today was about, just seeing what I was made of... This has been incredible, a track record. I've been chasing this for 15 years."

Her tape at the opening race at Calgary had been cleared by sliding officials earlier in the week, a decision that was apparently erroneous.

"I know I have integrity and I know I would never do anything to jeopardize my reputation as well as those that support me," Pikus-Pace said. "I know when I compete I compete fair and I compete clean."

Her two-run time on Friday was 1 minute, 39.54 seconds. She set the track record of 49.80 seconds in the opening run despite being the last woman down the chute, and then topped that mark not long afterward, capping the victory in 49.74 seconds.

Her four closest pursuers were slower in their second runs.

"I'm three times the bridesmaid at this track, never the bride," Yarnold said.

Earlier Friday, Russia's Alexander Tretyakov was a surprise winner in the men's skeleton race, edging Latvia's Martins Dukurs by 0.12 seconds. Matt Antoine of the U.S. was third, 0.14 seconds back.