Americans finish 1-2 in Russian skeleton race

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender took the top two spots in the season-ending skeleton World Cup race on Saturday, while Germany's Marion Thees finished with the overall title.

Pikus-Pace finished the two-run event in 1 minute, 58.91 seconds, 0.11 ahead of Uhlaender at Sanki Sliding Center, set to host the 2014 Winter Olympics next year.

Thees beat Anja Huber by four points for the title, taking two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze this season. Huber was third in Saturday's race, 0.87 back from Pikus-Pace.

It was Pikus-Pace's second victory and fifth consecutive podium finish in World Cup events. Uhlaender finished third overall in the standings, 98 points behind Thees.