From Igls, AUT
The track in Igls tends to be one that rewards those with quick start times, but it was someone out of the Marion Thees school of sliding who won gold.
Canadian Mimi Rahneva was the leader coming into the second run, ahead of Janine Flock and Tina Hermann, with all three well ahead of the field. Hermann came down with Flock and Rahneva to go, and was the first slider of the day under 54 seconds despite a relatively slow start time, putting the pressure on Rahneva and Flock.
Flock, sliding on home ice, couldn’t find the speed most everyone expected her to have, and fell back to second with Rahneva to come.
Rahneva had another quick start, but struggled to be consistent on her way down. By the end of her run, the Canadian found herself one spot behind Hermann, with Tina Hermann winning gold in Igls. Rahneva held on to a silver medal, while Flock finished in third with a bronze medal.
Elena Nikitina of Russia moved from fifth to fourth in her second run, while Elisabeth Vathje and Jane Channell rounded out a very strong effort for the Canadian women, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.
Jane Channell rounded out a very strong effort for the Canadian women with a 6th place finish.
Laura Deas led the way for Great Britain, moving up from 12th in the first run to seventh in the second. Teammate Donna Creighton finished 16th.
The American women struggled to find speed on the relatively slow Igls track. Annie O’Shea led the way with a 11th place finish for the United States. Teammate Katie Uhlaender finished 14th after two consistent runs, while Kendall Wesenberg moved up from 20th to 18th on the strength of a second run that was .4 faster than her first.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|19||Joska le Conte||NED||18||5.44||5.44||55.01||55.09||1:50.10|