From the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia:
Australia’s skeleton team have had their best day of competition ever, with sliders Emma Lincoln-Smith (NSWIS) and Lucy Chaffer taking second and sixth places in the first round of the 2011/2012 Skeleton World Cup.
After finishing first and second in a Europa Cup event last weekend, the Australians upset many of the sport’s established stars at the season opener in Igls, Austria.
Lincoln-Smith, 26, led after the first of two runs, but couldn’t match the speed of Russian slider Olga Potylitsina on run two, and finished just 0.23 seconds behind to claim the silver medal.
Lincoln-Smth beat the first three placegetters in last season’s Skeleton World Cup – German Anja Huber, Great Britain’s Shelley Rudman, and Canadian Melissa Hollingsworth.
Lincoln-Smith was thrilled to finish on the podium for the first time in a Skeleton World Cup event.
"I was really pleased with the result. I knew I was capable of the win if I stuck to my game plan," Lincoln-Smith said.
"The team has been amazing this week and my coach, Eric Bernotas, is so good at calming me down and saying the right thing at the right time.
"I feel very lucky to have the team around me that I do."
Lincoln-Smith’s silver medal equals the best result by an Australian in skeleton, which Michelle Steele achieved in Japan in 2007.
The Skeleton World Cup continues next weekend in La Plagne, France.