From Whistler, CAN
(Nov 24, 2017) The sliding track in Whistler is custom made for skeleton athletes who are great gliders, and currently in the IBSF World Cup there is no better glider than Germany’s Jacqueline Lölling.
Lölling was only 24th fastest at the start of her first run, but held a solid .29 advantage over the field going into her second run. While she failed to find speed in that second run, it was more than enough to take the gold medal in the third race of the season.
Behind Lölling was Canadian Jane Channell and German Tina Hermann who battled for silver. On home ice, Channell held onto her first run advantage by just .04 to take silver ahead of Hermann.
Lone Latvian Lelde Priedulena finished fourth, ahead of Belgium’s Kim Meylemans in a career-best fifth and Germany’s Anna Fernstädt, who made her return to the IBSF World Cup after dominating the Intercontinental Cup over the beginning of the season.
Lölling’s win moved her into the overall World Cup point lead ahead of Tina Hermann and Elisabeth Vathje.
It was a solid day for the Canadians. On top of Channell’s silver medal, Mimi Rahneva moved up from tenth to seventh on the strength of the second heat’s fastest run, while Elisabeth Vathje finished eighth.
The Americans leave North America relatively disappointed, failing to win medals in each of the tree races. Katie Uhlaender led the way in ninth place, while Kendall Wesenberg finished 15th and Savannah Graybill 18th.
Laura Deas led the way for Great Britain in 11th. Ashleigh Pittaway makes her first World Cup cut, finishing in 19th, while Lizzy Yarnold had a rough run and finished 23rd.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|12||Joska le Conte||NED||23||5.03||5.05||54.85||54.61||1:49.46|