From Königssee, GER
Dec. 14, 2019 – Hannah Neise won her first career Intercontinental Cup gold medal in Königssee, holding off teammate Susanne Kreher to do so.
Neise was the quickest in the first heat, but watched as Kreher put down the fastest run of the day by over a half of a second with only Neise to go. Neise answered with a run that didn’t match Kreher, but was enough to give her the win by .29.
Kreher jumped up from sixth to silver, while Renata Khuzina jumped up from eighth to bronze.
Anastasia Trufanova of Russia, Stefanie Votz of Germany, and Great Britain’s Brogan Crowley rounded out the top six.
The win for Neise was her second ever in IBSF international competition, having won gold in Königssee in the European Cup.
Crowley came into the second heat as the only woman behind Neise, but a mistake halfway down her run dropped her out of the medals. Her teammate Ashleigh Pittaway crashed midway through her run and did not finish.
The United States put two women in the top ten, with Katie Uhlaender and Kelly Curtis finishing ninth and tenth respectively. Uhlaender came into the second run in third place, only .04 out of silver. A costly mistake sank her run and dropped her to ninth.
Sara Roderick finished 13th on the strength of two strong pushes to round out the American effort.
Jaclyn LaBerge finished 14th as the top Canadian in the field, with Grace Dafoe finishing 17th in her first ICC race in Königssee.
|Pos||Names||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|16||Katrien de Neve||BEL||1||5.33||5.34||55.41||55.08||1:50.49|