Robatscher Wins Snow Race in Altenberg

From Altenberg, GER

(Feb. 3, 2019) – On Saturday, it seemed like the race conditions for the men’s luge race couldn’t get any worse. On Sunday, it managed to get worse.

Summer Britcher “enjoying” the snow (Courtesy FIL TV)

The heavy snow in Altenberg led to a one-heat race for the women, with Sandra Robatscher using a combination of a nice slide and relatively clean track conditions to win gold over world champion Natalie Geisenberger.

The snow seemed to be lighter for the first half of the field. As the race continued to work through the start order, the snow became heavier and seemed to pile in the track more quickly. Despite the track workers’ best efforts, by the time Natalie Geisenberger came down as the 28th sled the track had been lost.

The jury decided to cancel the second heat, making the race a one-heat race, with Robatscher the winner. Geisenberger too silver, while Viktoriia Demchenko finishing with a bronze medal in third.

World Championship bronze medalist Emily Sweeney finished fourth, just .006 behind Demchenko, while Andrea Vötter continued her strong season with another fifth place finish. Latvian Eliza Cauce finished sixth.

Summer Britcher finished 20th for the United States, four places ahead of Germans Julia Taubitz and Dajana Eitberger of Germany. All three women had starts on snow-covered ice, starting around Cauce, who had a freshly swept track to race on.

Trinity Ellis finished 16th as the lone Canadian in the field in her first World Cup start.

Results:

Pos Name Nation Bib Start 1 Total
1 Sandra Robatscher ITA 10 5.611 53.932
2 Natalie Geisenberger GER 28 5.598 54.022
3 Viktoriia Demchenko RUS 17 5.679 54.178
4 Emily Sweeney USA 14 5.617 54.184
5 Andrea Vötter ITA 18 5.612 54.242
6 Eliza Cauce LAT 25 5.644 54.249
7 Tatjana Hüfner GER 22 5.599 54.270
8 Ulla Zirne LAT 21 5.652 54.278
9 Kendija Aparjode LAT 19 5.677 54.356
10 Tatyana Ivanova RUS 23 5.580 54.383
11 Birgit Platzer AUT 13 5.649 54.481
12 Olena Stetskiv UKR 11 5.691 54.484
13 Madeleine Egle AUT 20 5.649 54.529
14 Natalie Maag SUI 12 5.676 54.534
15 Ekaterina Baturina RUS 16 5.653 54.618
16 Trinity Ellis CAN 5 5.763 54.647
17 Veronica Ravenna ARG 7 5.739 54.710
18 Katarina Simonakova SVK 6 5.694 54.798
19 Raluca Stramaturaru ROU 15 5.683 54.801
20 Summer Britcher USA 24 5.651 54.821
21 Ekaterina Katnikova RUS 8 5.669 54.933
22 Ailen Frisch KOR 9 5.665 55.225
23 Mihaela-Carmen Manolescu ROU 1 5.738 55.256
24 Julia Taubitz GER 27 5.692 55.380
25 Dajana Eitberger GER 26 5.670 55.429
26 Daria Obratov NED 4 5.766 55.621
27 Danielle Scott GBR 2 5.768 56.555
28 Sin-Rong Lin TPE 3 5.826 DNF