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WATCH LIVE: Final two runs of women’s skeleton, featuring Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender

Skeleton - Winter Olympics Day 6

during the Women’s Skeleton heats on Day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Alex Livesey

The first two runs of women’s skeleton went really well for U.S. competitors Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender, as they took second and fourth place respectively. The final two runs can be seen here beginning at 10:20 a.m. ET:


They might be hard-pressed to catch leader Yizzy Yarnold of Great Britain, so gold might be a long shot for Pikus-Pace and Uhlaender. If Yarnold holds on, she’ll give Great Britain two consecutive gold medals in women’s skeleton, as Amy Williams won it all in 2010.

Both Pikus-Pace and Uhlaender bring inspirational stories into Sochi. Uhlaender is racing in memory of her father while Pikus-Pace faced tragedies and briefly retired to spend time with her family but couldn’t give up the sport that she loves.

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