From Königssee, GER
It’s been a weird season weather-wise for the FIL World Cup. Lots of one-heat races for weather at the track, as well as weather keeping sleds from making it to the track. Königssee stayed true to that trend.
Natalie Geisenberger came into the second run of the race as the leader. After the first eight women came down in their second run, the remainder of the heat was canceled, making Geisenberger the World Cup and European Championship winner. Tatjana Ivanova finished second on the strength of her second run, with Tatjana Hüfner finishing with a bronze medal.
The decision by the FIL was made due to visibility and safety concerns in the heavy snowfall at the track. Despite the snowfall, second run times were quicker for everyone but Summer Britcher, who had trouble in her second run.
Martina Kocher of Switzerland finished fourth, with Austrian Miriam Kastlunger fifth and Canadian Alex Gough sixth.
In the European Championships, Eliza Cauce of Latvia moves up to sixth place with the North Americans being removed from the standings.
Emily Sweeney was the top finishing American in eighth, with teammate Erin Hamlin finishing tenth. Britcher finished 18th thanks to the cancellation of the second run, as she’d hit the wall in her second run as well. Raychel Germaine finished 20th to round out the American effort.
Kimberley McRae finished 12th on the second Canadian sled.
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