Martini, Schneider grab first bobsled victory of the season

Cathleen Martini (front) and brakewoman Stephanie Schneider secured Germany's first World Cup bobsled win of the season.
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ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) -- Cathleen Martini snapped Kaillie Humphries' eight-race winning streak and gave Germany its first World Cup win of the season in the women's bobsled on Friday.

The Germans celebrated a 1-2 finish on a rain-drenched course, with Sandra Kiriasis coming in second. Humphries was third for Canada.

Martini and brakewoman Stephanie Schneider beat Kiriasis and Franziska Bertels by 0.3 seconds, with Humphries and Chelsea Valois only another 0.02 seconds behind. Crews from the United States skipped the event.

In skeleton, Marion Thees of Germany earned her second win of the season, beating world champion Kathie Uhlaender of the United States by 0.01 seconds. Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States was third, another 0.27 seconds behind.

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