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U.S. Women’s Skeleton Team Finishes Fifth

January 13, 2006

KOENIGSEE, Germany (AP) _ The U.S. women’s skeleton team, competing without its suspended coach, finished fifth Friday in a World Cup race won by Canada’s Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards.

Noelle Pikus-Pace was the top American finisher. Coach Tim Nardiello is suspended because of sexual harassment accusations made against him in recent weeks.

Hollingsworth-Richards had a combined time of 1 minute, 39.96 seconds in face-first sledding event. Germany’s Anja Huber was second, 0.84 seconds slower. She was followed by two other Germans _ Diana Sartor and Kerstin Juergens.

With her second victory of the season, Hollingsworth-Richards took the lead in the World Cup standings with 460 points. Maya Pedersen of Switzerland is second with 420 points after finishing eighth on Friday. Sartor is third with 310.

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