From Winterberg, GER
Germany won their first gold medal during the Winterberg stop on the IBSF World Cup, grabbing silver as well on their way to the European Championship.
Francesco Friedrich made it look easy for Germany, and was the only slider under the 56 second mark in either heat. His total combined time of 1:51.67 was .71 ahead of teammate Johannes Lochner, who finished with a silver medal.
Oskars Kibermanis came into the second run tied with Alexey Stulnev. The Russian struggled on his second run down, Kibermanis did not, and was rewarded with a bronze medal. The bronze is the second in two races for Kibermanis.
Stulnev held onto fourth place, just ahead of Ugis Zalims and Rico Peter who tied for fifth.
Steven Holcomb led the way for the United States with a tenth place finish after coming into the second run in seventh. Teammates Justin Olsen and Codie Bascue finished 17th and 19th respectively.
Snow appeared to mix things up for some of the pilots in the first run. The weather picked up to the point that the second run was pushed back 30 minutes to let snow pass and get the track cleaned.
For the first few athletes in the second run the snow wasn’t too big of a deal. Unfortunately for Justin Kripps, one small squall kicked up just before his run. The Canadian pushed into a headwind with snow blowing into the track, and was “rewarded” by dropping back to 18th after coming into the second run in 12th despite a very clean run.
The next handful of athletes after the Canadian’s run seemed to have spotty conditions at best. Both start times and run times were all over the board despite what looked like, for the most part, okay snow conditions. By the time the leaders came down, however, track conditions appeared to have evened out.
On top of Kripps’ second run, it was a tough day in general for the Canadians. Nick Poloniato and Chris Spring both failed to make it into the second heat, with Poloniato finishing 22nd and Spring 23rd.
For Great Britain, Bruce Tasker finished 12th, while Lamin Deen finished 24th in the second British sled.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Friedrich / Margis||GER||14||5.13||5.15||55.86||55.81||1:51.67|
|2||Lochner / Bluhm||GER||10||5.19||5.19||56.22||56.16||1:52.38|
|3||Kibermanis / Miknis||LAT||15||5.17||5.14||56.29||56.15||1:52.44|
|4||Stulnev / Antukh||RUS||13||5.31||5.31||56.29||56.25||1:52.54|
|5||Zalims / Jansons||LAT||20||5.26||5.22||56.46||56.29||1:52.75|
|5||Peter / Amrhein||SUI||12||5.20||5.21||56.35||56.40||1:52.75|
|7||Maier / Sammer||AUT||18||5.24||5.21||56.61||56.26||1:52.87|
|8||Won / Seo||KOR||6||5.18||5.22||56.48||56.43||1:52.91|
|9||Kasjanov / Pushkarev||RUS||8||5.32||5.32||56.37||56.58||1:52.95|
|10||Holcomb / McGuffie||USA||11||5.32||5.35||56.45||56.59||1:53.04|
|11||Hefti / Kuonen||SUI||4||5.23||5.25||56.53||56.69||1:53.22|
|12||Tasker / Olubi||GBR||23||5.29||5.17||56.82||56.41||1:53.23|
|13||Walther / Kuske||GER||19||5.32||5.32||56.80||56.44||1:53.24|
|14||Luty / Tylkowski||POL||14||5.37||5.30||56.62||56.63||1:53.25|
|15||Andrianov / Malykh||RUS||21||5.37||5.33||56.80||56.45||1:53.26|
|16||Kim / Jun||KOR||9||5.25||5.40||56.47||56.91||1:53.38|
|17||Olsen / Weinstock||USA||16||5.25||5.19||56.82||56.57||1:53.39|
|18||Kripps / Lumsden||CAN||7||5.20||5.31||56.59||56.85||1:53.44|
|19||Bascue / Adams||USA||5||5.29||5.34||56.85||56.81||1:53.66|
|20||Bertazzo / Variola||ITA||3||5.40||5.44||56.99||57.07||1:54.06|
|21||Dvorak / Nosek||CZE||24||5.29||57.03|
|22||Poloniato / Plug||CAN||22||5.34||57.08|
|23||Spring / Wright||CAN||17||5.40||57.13|
|24||Deen / Blanchet||GBR||25||5.44||57.32|
|25||de Bruin / Veenker||NED||26||544||57.35|
|26||Vrba / Suchy||CZE||1||5.35||57.46|
|27||Grigore / Craciun||ROU||27||5.52||57.86|
|27||Silic / Krajisnik||CRO||28||5.56||57.86|