(ISN) – IGLS, Aut.—Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz slid to sixth spot in the women’s World Cup bobsleigh race in Igls, Austria on Friday.
Drawing 10th start position on the first run, the Calgary-based duo were forced to overcome deteriorating ice condition on a warm day on the relatively flat 1,220-metre track to clock a two-run time of 1:47.90.
“The push is critical here in Igls and the ice just start disintegrating after about five sleds. Our start was a little slower than normal and I made a few driving mistakes on the first run, but I’m happy with my second drive and push,” said Humprhies. “A combination of a number of things led to the result, but sixth isn’t so bad because I was ninth here last year. We have a lot of work to do, but we’ll look to do better next week in Sochi.”
Americans, Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauryn Williams, continued their dominance of the women’s circuit, sliding into the winner’s circle with a time of 1:46.68. Germany’s Anja Schneiderheinze and Annika Drazek clocked a silver-medal time of 1:46.55, while Jamie Greubel Poser and Cherrelle Garrett, of the United States, rounded out the podium in third at 1:47.45.
Three Canadian sleds hit the start line for the men’s two-man bobsleigh race. Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and Edmonton’s Bryan Barnett slid into eighth spot with a time of 1:44.77 to finish as the top Canucks.
“I am pretty happy to be in the top-eight because we haven’t had too many of those results year,” said Kripps. “I fee like at this point being in top eight is satisfying. The sleds that are finishing in the top-five right now are quite far ahead.”
Calgary’s Chris Spring and Alexander Kopacz, of London, Ont., teamed up to place 14h (1:45.09). Ontario boys, Nick Poloniato, of Hamilton, and Joey Nemet, of Burlington, filled the third sled. Competing in his first World Cup race in Europe, Poloniato drove the Canada 3 sled to 20th spot at 1:45.33.
Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorstein Margis won the men’s two-man with a time of 1:43.64. Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens were second at 1:43.95, while Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann won the bronze medal with a time of 1:44.26.
The World Cup continues on Saturday in Igls, Austria with the men’s and women’s skeleton races.