WATCH LIVE: First two runs of women’s skeleton starring Noelle Pikus-Pace

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Women’s skeleton competition will kick off with runs one and two on Thursday, starting off at 2:30 a.m. ET.

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U.S. skeleton racer Noelle-Pikus Pace and Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold are the odds-on favorites in skeleton, which begins with the first two of four runs on Thursday.

Pikus-Pace briefly retired after finishing fourth in Vancouver and is expected to retire again after Sochi. There’s some concern that a back injury might lead to a disappointing swan song for the mother of two. Injuries could be a problem for the U.S. team, in general, as Katie Uhlaender is fighting concussion issues.

Yarnold hopes to give Great Britain a second straight gold medal in the event (Amy Williams won it in 2010). She looked strong in training and may be the prohibitive favorite going in.