From Lake Placid, USA
Nov. 30, 2019 – Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt edged out Toni Eggert & Sascha Benecken to kick off the FIL World Cup race weekend in Lake Placid.
Wendl & Arlt were the quickest in both heats with two nearly flawless runs on their way to a .184 second victory over teammates Eggert & Benecken. The win was the first for Wendl & Arlt since the European Championship race in Oberhof a season ago.
Eggert & Benecken were close after one heat, but the reigning Olympic bronze medalists made a few early errors in their second run to open the door for Wendl & Arlt. Despite that early error, Eggert & Benecken were able to edge out Austrians Thomas Steu & Lorenz Koller, who finished third.
By German standards, Robin Geueke & David Gamm had a disastrous 2018/2019 season, and the start to their 2019/2020 campaign was just as tough. In Lake Placid, though, the German duo found their form with both a win in the Nation’s Cup qualifying race and a fourth place finish in the World Cup event. Russians Vladislav Yuzhakov & Iurii Prokhorov finished fifth, while Andris & Juris Sics rallied from 11th in the first heat to continue a year-long streak of top six finishes in sixth.
The Canadian duo of Tristan Walker & Justin Snith finished just out of the top six in seventh, while Americans Chris Mazdzer & Jayson Terdiman crashed going into Curve 14 and did not finish.
|Pos||Names||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Wendl / Arlt||GER||18||6.272||6.234||43.713||43.604||1:27.317|
|2||Eggert / Benecken||GER||15||6.272||6.266||43.762||43.739||1:27.501|
|3||Steu / Koller||AUT||19||6.301||6.314||43.797||43.716||1:27.513|
|4||Geueke / Gamm||GER||7||6.315||6.333||43.917||44.001||1:27.918|
|5||Yuzhakov / Prokhorov||RUS||16||6.390||6.340||44.038||43.959||1:27.997|
|6||Sics / Sics||LAT||17||6.345||6.320||44.392||43.813||1:28.205|
|7||Walker / Snith||CAN||8||6.277||6.271||44.068||44.237||1:28.305|
|8||Gudramovics / Kalnins||LAT||11||6.359||6.348||44.252||44.064||1:28.316|
|9||Rieder / Rastner||ITA||6||6.271||6.261||44.237||44.085||1:28.322|
|10||Nagler / Malleier||ITA||12||6.304||6.294||44.073||44.284||1:28.357|
|11||Denisev / Antonov||RUS||14||6.325||6.343||44.535||44.514||1:29.049|
|12||Chmielewski / Kowalewski||POL||9||6.283||6.276||44.930||44.600||1:29.530|
|13||Putins / Marcinkevics||LAT||10||6.312||6.319||45.173||44.529||1:29.702|
|14||Müller / Frauscher||AUT||2||6.334||6.333||45.158||44.910||1:30.068|
|15||Hol / Levkovych||UKR||5||6.460||6.457||45.092||45.193||1:30.285|
|16||Kashkin / Korshunov||RUS||13||6.364||6.338||48.536||44.490||1:33.026|
|DNF||Mazdzer / Terdiman||USA||4||6.349||6.360||44.039||DNF||DNF|
|DNS||Stakhiv / Lysetskyi||UKR||1||DNS||DNS|
|DSQ||Vejdelek / Pekny||CZE||3||DSQ||DSQ|