Annie O'Shea waited more than four years for her second World Cup medal. And for the U.S. women's skeleton program, it was an unusually long time between podium trips as well.
The droughts ended Friday, when O'Shea captured gold at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
A brilliant second run vaulted O'Shea into the lead, and the only two sliders who had a chance to beat her couldn't find enough speed when they needed it on the demanding Lake Placid track. That left O'Shea yelping and jumping for joy, winning her first medal on the circuit since Dec. 10, 2011 and giving the U.S. women's team its first World Cup win since Noelle Pikus-Pace prevailed in the 2013-14 season finale.