Canada’s Mirela Rahneva started her season with some hardware.

The two-time Olympian from Ottawa claimed skeleton bronze Friday in the first World Cup event of the campaign in Yanqing, China.

Rahneva, 35, compiled a total time of two minutes and 3.99 seconds in her two runs, each of which was the third-fastest of their respective heats.

Germany’s Tina Hermann, the reigning World Cup champion, won gold in 2:03.81, while China’s Dan Zhao came close to first place with silver on home ice in 2:03.83.

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Rahneva kicks off World Cup skeleton season with bronze medal for Canada

featured videoOttawa’s Mirela Rahneva earned a bronze medal Friday in the inaugural skeleton World Cup event in Yanqing, China.

Rahneva’s fellow Canadians, Jane Channell and Hallie Clarke, placed 12th and 15th, respectively. Clarke, from Belleville, Ont., was making her World Cup debut for Canada after competing last season for the United States.

The medal marks Rahneva’s sixth bronze in her World Cup career, in addition to four gold and four silver. Last season she got a gold and a silver.

Germany also captured the other two titles up for grabs on Friday: Christopher Grotheer won the men’s skeleton event, while Johannes Lochner and Georg Fleischhauer finished first in the two-man bobsleigh. No Canadians competed in either event.

Live coverage from China continues Saturday at 5 a.m. ET with the four-man bobsleigh on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

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