Former rugby Gryphon Rahneva third in World Cup skeleton

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Former Guelph Gryphons women’s rugby player Mirela Rahneva claimed her first BMW IBSF World Cup skeleton podium finish Saturday when she won bronze at Lake Placid.

Rahneva, 28, finished with a two-run total time of one minute, 50.92 seconds to finish 1.15 seconds behind the winner, Janine Flock of Austria. Lizzy Yarnold of Britain was second in 1:50.58.

Born in Bulgaria, Rahneva and her family moved to Ottawa when she was nine.

Rahneva played four seasons with the Gryphon rugby women, 2007 to 2010. She was a CIS national tournament all-star in her final season when the Gryphs won bronze.

Saturday’s result moves Rahneva to fourth in the World Cup standings with 384 points and it follows a fifth-place finish two weeks ago at Whistler. She has 384 points while Yarnold leads with 402. Jacqueline Loelling of Germany is second at 394 and Elisabeth Vathje of Calgary is third at 385.

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