From St. Moritz, SUI
(Jan. 25, 2018) Germany took three of the top four spots in the Women’s Skeleton Junior World Championships, with 2018 Olympian Anna Fernstädt leading the way.
Fernstädt showed the same form that led her to a fifth place finish in the IBSF World Cup a few weeks prior to the Juniors, setting the fast time in each heat to take gold by a decisive .81 over 2017 Junior World Champion Yulia Kanakina.
Kanakina had the fast start in each heat, and was quickest at every timing line except the last one, and her silver medal is her fourth consecutive top six at the Junior World Championships.
Germans took the next two spots, with Susanne Kreher and Janine Becker finishing third and fourth. Both women won in various IBSF tours this season, with Kreher winning gold in Atlenberg, while Becker won gold in a snow-shortened Intercontinental Cup in St. Moritz.
Rounding out the top six were Russian Alina Tararychenkova and Madelaine Smith of Great Britain. Tararychenkova had most recently won in the European Cup finale, while the sixth place finish for Smith is her best finish since a pair of fifth place finishes in the Calgary stop of the Intercontinental Cup.
Canadian Madi Charney finished seventh to finish off a season where she finished third overall in the Intercontinental Cup. Ashleigh Pittaway finished ninth to round out the British effort.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|17||Elise Nilseng Barben||NOR||18||5.95||5.95||72.80||73.09||2:25.89|
|20||Katrien de Neve||BEL||2||6.00||5.52||74.84||74.52||2:29.36|