Four Canadians Slide into Top-10 at Skeleton World Cup in Germany

January 9, 2009

KÖNIGSSEE, Ger.—Mellisa Hollingsworth led a group of four Canadians into the top-10 in the first World Cup skeleton race of the New Year on Friday in Königssee, Germany.

The 28-year-old Eckville, Alta. native, who won a bronze medal in the opening race of the season, continues to find the fast line back to the podium but it wasn’t to be this week on the 1,250-metre Königssee track. Hollingsworth finished in sixth spot after clocking a two-run time of one minute 39.75 seconds.

Hollingsworth was joined in the top-10 by fellow Canadians Michelle Kelly, Jon Montgomery and Keith Loach in women’s and men’s races respectively.

The 34-year-old Kelly, of Fort St. John, B.C., grabbed eighth spot at 1:39.99. Montgomery, of Russell, Man., led the Canadian men after finishing in a tie for eighth place at 1:36.66. Calgary’s Keith Loach finished 10th in his first World Cup of the season after stopping the clock at 1:36.73.

Calgary’s Sarah Reid was the only other Canadian in the women’s race, and finished 14th (1:40.72). Olympic silver medallist, Jeff Pain, who is also from Calgary, finished 11th (1:36.76).

The German’s swept the top spot on both the men’s and women’s podium. Anja Huber won her third World Cup race with a time of 1:38.55 in the women’s race. Huber was joined on the podium by Shelley Rudman, of Great Britain) in second (1:39.09), and Germany’s Marion Trott in third (1:39.20).

Frank Rommel captured his third straight men’s title after setting a winning time of 1:34.91. Rommel’s teammate, Florian Grassl was second (1:35.91), and Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov, slid to the final spot on the men’s podium after posting a time of 1:36.03.

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Top-Five Women’s Results:
1. Anja Huber, GER, 1:38.55; 2. Shelley Rudman, GBR, 1:39.09; 3. Marion Trott, GER, 1:39.20; 4. Amy Williams, GBR, 1:39.32; 5. Michelle Steele, AUS, 1:39.50.
Canadian Results:
6. Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., 1:39.75; 8. Michelle Kelly, Fort St. John, B.C., 1:39.99; 14. Sarah Reid, Calgary, 1:40.72.

Top-Five Men’s Results:
 1. Frank Rommel, GER, 1:34.91; 2. Florian Grassl, GER, 1:35.91; 3. Alexander Tretiakov, RUS, 1:36.03; 4. Martins Lukurs, LAT, 1:36.06; 5. Sandro Stielicke, GER, 1:36.14.
Canadian Results:
 T8. Jon Montgomery, Russell, Man., 1:36.66; 10. Keith Loach, Calgary, 1:36.73; 11. Jeff Pain, Calgary, 1:36.76

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