From Innsbruck, AUT
(Nov. 18, 2017) It was a dominant start to the 2017/2018 FIL World Cup opener in Innsbruck for Germany, with the German women sweeping the podium an putting all four women in the top five.
It looked like it was going to be tough goings for Germany at first, with two of the four Germans outside of the podium, and American Erin Hamlin contending for a gold. Hamlin, who came into the second run less than a tenth of a second off the lead, hit the wall at the start of her second run and plummeted through the field.
Hamlin’s troubles relieved the pressure from leader Natalie Geisenberger, who cruised to a gold medal in the season opener ahead of her teammates Dajana Eitberger and Tatjana Hüfner. Neither Eitberger or Hüfner were in the top three coming into the second run, but strong runs coupled with trouble for Hamlin moved them into medal position.
Alex Gough of Canada put together two very solid runs to finish fourth, just ahead of Julia Taubitz on the fourth German sled in fifth. Italian Andrea Vötter finished sixth.
Emily Sweeney led the American charge in 14th place, while Hamlin had to settle for 21st. Summer Britcher had trouble in Nations Cup qualifying and failed to make the race.
Kimberley McRae finished eighth to round out a solid Canadian effort.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|19||Aileen Christina Frisch||KOR||1||2.110||2.124||40.645||40.561||1:21.206|