Uhlaender leads women's event at skeleton worlds


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Katie Uhlaender of the United States has the lead midway through the Skeleton World Championships.

Uhlaender finished her two runs Thursday morning over the tricky 19-curve layout at Mount Van Hoevenberg in 1 minute, 51.03 seconds. She leads Mellisa Hollingsworth of Canada by 0.18 seconds. World Cup champion Shelley Rudman of Britain is third, 0.45 behind.

Elizabeth Yarnold of Britain is fourth, 0.68 behind, and teammate and Olympic champion Amy Williams sixth, 0.72 behind.

Marion Thees of Germany, seeking her third straight title at worlds, is fifth.

The final two runs are Friday.