Lizzy Yarnold made a winning return to the sport with victory in the season-opening Lake Placid World Cup in the United States.
Lizzy won the overall World Cup title last season, but had not competed since claiming gold in Sochi in February.
She finished her two runs in a combined time of 1 minute 51.16 seconds, with Canada's Elisabeth Vathje second and Janine Flock of Austria third. "I knew I had to bring my best and fortunately I did," she said.
The Bath-based athlete led by 0.30 secs at the halfway stage before securing victory by 0.77 secs with a solid second run on the track she also claimed Gold on last season.
"With it being early in the season I was a bit apprehensive that I wouldn't be fast enough," she added. "There have been so many retirements, but the younger athletes are so good and that is pushing me to go quicker."
2014-15 Skeleton-Bobsleigh World Cups
Lake Placid, USA - 8-13 Dec
Calgary, Canada - 15-20 Dec
Altenberg, Germany - 5-11 Jan
Königssee, Germany - 12-18 Jan
St. Moritz, Switzerland - 19-25 Jan
La Plagne, France - 26 Jan-1 Feb
Igls, Austria - 2-8 Feb
Sochi, Russia - 10-15 Feb