From Königssee, GER
Jan. 22, 2021 – Alexander Gassner broke a career-long World Cup winless streak one week ago in St. Moritz. He will leave Königssee on a two-race winning streak.
The German slider came into the second heat in second place as part of a tight battle for the lead, where Alexander Tretiakov sat in seventh place, only .19 out of the lead. Tretiakov put down a great second run, only .02 off the track record to jump up into the lead with only Gassner and Olympic champion Sungbin Yun to go.
Gassner was first, and while his second run was slower than Tretiakov, he had just enough in the bank to edge the Russian out for the lead. Sungbin Yun did his best to answer, but could only muster the third quickest run of the heat, and that was enough to drop him behind Gassner in silver.
The win for Gassner was his second of his career and second straight, while the silver for Yun was his second straight silver medal in Königssee. Yun also set the track record in the first heat with a 40.90.
Tretiakov finished third, edging out Axel Jungk for the bronze medal. Jungk, in just his second international start of the season, came into the heat tied for third with Marcus Wyatt. Wyatt finished fifth with the the second quickest push of the competition, while World Champion Christopher Grotheer rounded out the top six.
World Cup leader Martins Dukurs came into the second heat in sixth place, only .09 out of the lead but hit hard out of Kreisel and fell to 11th in the race. He still holds the World Cup lead over Gassner, Tomass Dukurs, and Grotheer.
Austin Florian led the way for the United States in 14th place, seven spots better than his 21st place finish one season ago. teammate Austin McCrary put down the best run of his short World Cup career to put himself in 16th after the first heat. His second heat was slower, but enough to finish in 20th.
On top of the great effort by Marcus Wyatt, then British men held their own in Königssee. Matt Weston finished with another top ten in tenth place after a solid second run. Craig Thompson had a tough first run but cleaned it up to move up to a tie for 16th, up from 18th.
The Canadian men struggled in Königssee. Kevin Boyer fell from 16th to 19th on his second run, while Mark Lynch finished 22nd.
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