Canada’s Sarah Reid Wins Skeleton Bronze at World Cup in Winterberg
January 4, 2014
—Three Canadian men’s four-man bobsleighs stack up in top-10—
WINTERBERG, Ger.—Sarah Reid kicked off the New Year with her second bronze medal of the World Cup skeleton season in Winterberg, Germany on Saturday.
With rain threatening throughout the humid day, the 26-year-old Calgarian blasted down the relatively short 1,330-metre Winterberg track in a two-run time of 1:58.49 to hold onto the final spot of the women’s podium.
“I’m really happy with today. I had two good pushes and my runs were smooth,” said Reid, who was recently named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team. “I’ve had some up and down results in Winterberg so to be back on the podium is important for me. This is a bit of a lucky track because weather plays such a huge factor and the track always deteriorates.”
Elizabeth Yarnold, of Great Britain, won the women’s race with a time of 1:57.53. American Noelle Pikus-Pace continued her medal-winning string after claiming the silver with a time of 1:58.10.
It was the seventh medal of Reid’s World Cup career. She also won the bronze earlier this year in Park City, Utah.
Reid stormed into the critical 2014 season after coming off a medal-winning season where she captured one gold, two silver and two bronze medals including a third-place finish at the 2013 World Championships.
“It is a big deal for me to get back on the podium on a European track,” added Reid. “The end goal is obviously to be on the podium in Sochi, but the lead up is very important for me. Knowing I’m having success along the way and that I’m exactly where I want to be with my pushes and sliding is a confidence booster for me.”
Two other Canadians also hit the start line on Saturday. Olympic bronze medallist, Mellisa Hollingsworth finished in a tie for sixth. The Eckville, Alta. was in fifth place after her first bomb down the Winterberg track, but dropped one spot after clocking a two-run time of 1:58.73. Calgary’s World Cup rookie, Robynne Thompson, was 17th at 1:59.89.
Earlier in the day, the world’s best four-man bobsleighs hit the start line in Winterberg for the first of back-to-back races.
Canada’s three sleds all stacked up in the top-10 with Calgary’s Chris Spring and his crew of Jesse Lumsden (Burlington, Ont.), Cody Sorensen (Ottawa), and Ben Coakwell (Saskatoon) leading the way in seventh spot at 1:50.39.
Second year pilot on the World Cup, Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and his team of James McNaughton, of Newmarket, Ont., Toronto’s Tim Randall and Edmonton’s Bryan Barnett matched their career-best four-man result in a tie for eighth place at 1:50.57. Team Kripps matched times with teammates, Lyndon Rush (Humboldt, Sask.), Calgary’s Lascelles Brown and Edmonton’s Dave Bissett and Neville Wright.
“We are definitely making a name for ourselves as a top-10 team and I'm really happy about that,” said Kripps. “I'm confident in my driving, but I feel that I can be more consistent in putting two good runs together instead of a good one and an ok one sometimes. For us to take the next big step into the top-six we need to push a little faster and throw down two solid runs, and if we do that we'll be right in there.”
Germany’s Maximillian Arndt, Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putz clocked the top two-run time of the day at 1:49.97. Fellow Germans, Francesco Friedrich, Jannis Baecker, Gregor Bermbach and Thorsten Margis finished second at 1:50.14. Russia’s Alexander Zubkov piloted his crew of Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Aleksei Pushkarev to the bronze medal with a time of 1:50.17.
The World Cup continues on Sunday in Germany with the women’s bobsleigh race and final men’s four-man event.
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Top-Five Women’s Skeleton Results:
1. Elizabeth Yarnold, GBR, 1:57.53; 2. Noelle Pikus-Pace, USA, 1:58.10; 3. Sarah Reid, Calgary, 1:58.49; 4. Marion Thees, GER, 1:58.58; 5. Janine Flock, AUT, 1:58.63.
Other Canadian Results:
T6. Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., 1:58.73; 17. Robynne Thompson, Calgary, 1:59.89
Top-Five Men’s Four-Man Bobsleigh Results:
1. Arndt/Huebenbecker/Roediger/Putze, GER, 1:49.97; 2. Friedrich/Baecker/Bermbach/Margis, GER, 1:50.14; 3. Zubkov/Negodaylo/Trunenkov/Pushkarev, RUS, 1:50.17; 4. Florschuetz/Bluhm/Kuske/Poser, GER, 1:50.20; 5. Hefti/Baumann/Egger/Amrhein, SUI, 1:50.31
7. Spring, Calgary/Lumsden, Burlington, Ont/Sorensen, Ottawa/Coakwell, Saskatoon, CAN, 1:50.39; T8. Kripps, Summerland, B.C./McNaughton, Newmarket, Ont./Randall, Toronto/Barnett, Edmonton, CAN, 1:50.57; T8.. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Bissett, Edmonton/Wright, Edmonton Brown, Calgary, CAN, 1:50.57.