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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fight for Sled Rights

LONDON () -- A woman may be barred from next month's world skeleton sledding championships in Canada because organizers say it's a men-only event.


British army Lance Corporal Cecilia Mason was the only woman in Sunday's World Cup in Altenburg, Germany, in the discipline of skeleton -- a one-person sled that reaches speeds of 135 kilometers per hour. Mason finished ahead of nine men in 39th place.


Unlike the related disciplines of bobsled and luge, no female divisions exist in skeleton for World Cup and European Cup events. Federations rules do not specify that racers must be male.


"The other competitors do not mind that I am a woman,'' Mason said. "They have been most welcoming.''