Canada’s Amy Gough Conquers Winterberg Track to Win World Cup Bronze
January 22, 2011
WINTERBERG, Ger.—Canada’s Amy Gough captured herthird World Cup skeleton medal of the season after winning the bronze inWinterberg, Germany on Saturday.
Gough, ofAbbotsford, B.C., who also won bronze in Calgary and Park City earlier thisyear, had two consistent runs to clock a combined time of one minute, 58.52seconds on the 1,330-metre track.
“Justlike my other two podiums, I had two really solid runs and that is what I’mlooking for,” said the 33-year-old Gough, who finished 20th last season inWinterberg. “This is not my favourite track. It is so weather dependent and canchange so quick which makes it inconsistent for each athlete. But I didn’t comein here defeated and I’m happy with the result.”
Gough wasjoined on the podium by Shelley Rudman, of Great Britain, who posted a goldentime of 1:57.77. Germany’s Anja Huber claimed the silver at 1:57.99
It wasthe fourth medal of Gough’s career. In addition to the three medals this year,the 2010 Olympian also won a silver last season at Park City.
“I feellike I’m in a different mental head space with a lot less pressure this year,”said Gough. I learned a lot last year and I think as you get older I’m able todeal with things a lot better and feel more comfortable now.”
Two otherCanadian women also threatened the podium. In just the second World Cup startof her career, 29-year-old Darla Deschamps came a hair short of her firstpodium finish after placing fourth at 1:58.72. The Calgarian, who racked upfour podium finishes on the Intercontinental Cup circuit prior to the holidaybreak, was fifth last week in Igls. Mellisa Hollingsworth, of Eckville, Alta.,finished in sixth spot at 1:58.86.
“WhatDarla is doing in her first season on the World Cup is fantastic,” said Gough.“Our team dynamics are really good. We work well together each week, whichplays a significant role in our success. Equally important is we get along offthe track too and tonight we’ll celebrate by watching a country movie anddrinking a bottle of wine together.”
The men’stop two-man bobsleigh athletes hit the Winterberg track following the women’s skeletonrace. Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., piloted the only Canada sled in the raceto an 11th-place finish. The Olympic bronze medallist in the four-man bobsleighevent teamed up with Edmonton’s Neville Wright to clock a time of 1:53.07.
AelxsandrZubkov and Alexey Voevoda held off the German charge in the Russian sled to winthe gold with a time of 1:52.21. Thomas Florschuetz and Kevin Kuske teamed upin the Germany 3 sled to claim the silver at 1:52.35, while Karl Angererpiloted the Germany 2 sled to a third-place finish at 1:52.44 with Alex Mann onthe brakes.
The WorldCup wraps up on Sunday in Winterberg, Germany with the men’s skeleton race, andthe men’s four-man bobsleigh event.
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Top-Five Women’s Skeleton Results:
1.Shelley Rudman, GBR, 1:57.77; 2. Anja Huberg, GER, 1:57.99; 3. Amy Gough,Abbotsford, B.C., CAN, 1:58.52; 4. Darla Deschamps, Calgary, CAN, 1:58.72; 5.Amy Williams, GBR, 1:58.80
6.Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., 1:58.86
Top-Five Men’s Bobsleigh Results:
1.Alexsandr Zubkov/Alexey Voevoda, RUS 1, 1:52.21; 2. Thomas Florschuetz/KevinKuske, GER 3, 1:52.35; 3. Karl Angerer/Alex Mann, GER 2, 1:52.44; 4. BeatHefti/Thomas Lamparter, SUI 2, 1:52.55; 5. Manuel Machata/Andreas Bredau, GER1, 1:52.64
11.Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Neville Wright, Edmonton, 1:53.07