After the first two heats on her home track, the Russian skeleton racer Elena Nikitina is in third place. Elizabeth Yarnold from Great Britain is in first place with America's Noelle Pikus-Pace in second.
After her first heat the Russian was in second place, only 0.05 seconds behind Elizabeth Yarnold. Yarnold set a new track record with a time of 58.43 seconds and the American Noelle Pikus-Pace was in third place.
Elizabeth Yarnold was the undoubted winner of the second heat, with an overall time after two heats of 1:56:89. Elena Nikitina dropped to third behind Noelle Pikus-Pace. Nikitina’s overall time was 1:57:44, which is 0.11 seconds more than the American’s.
The Olympic champion in the women’s skeleton will be determined after the third and fourth heats, which will be run this Friday.