International Test Events in Sochi - Day 5 FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup Final Stage
On February 16, the final stage of the FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup 2012/13 continued at the Sliding Center "Sanki" in Sochi. On the second competition day of this pre-Olympic test event, the women’s skeleton race and the men’s two-man bobsleigh race have decided the World Cup winners in these disciplines.
Two-time world champions of USA, Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender, swept the first two places in the women’s skeleton race. Another two-time world champion, Anja Huber of Germany, finished third. Her compatriot, four-time world champion Marion Thees, took the fourth place that was enough for her to become the 2012/13 World Cup winner.
The two-man bobsleigh race was dominated by Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter. Germany’s Thomas Florschütz and Andreas Bredau came second as Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens stepped on the third place on the podium.
Russia’s Alexander Zubkov and Dmitry Trunenkov shared the fourth place with the bob of Canada’s Lyndon Rush who became the World Cup winner in the two-man bobsleigh.
On February 17, the four-man bobsleigh race at the "Sanki" will conclude the test event in Sochi and the program of the FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup 2012/13.
Quotes of the Day
Thomas Florschütz (Germany), bobsleigh: “I like the track very much, you need to be concentrated on it. I am glad that I did here well. I am looking forward to the next year with optimism.”
Elizabeth Yarnold (Great Britain), skeleton: “It’s a really fun track, I really enjoyed but I wish I could do hundred more runs on it, though. It’s quick transitions, not at all time to think, it’s a kind of like Whistler in that way. I am really impressed, the structure of the track is done really-really well. It’s also being covered which is important for us to know that it’ll be dry and warm. I think the track is fantastic. I can’t wait till the Olympics.”
Olga Potylitsina (Russia), skeleton: “The track is good, comfortable, safe and modern. I would say it’s almost ready to host the Olympics.”
Lelde Priedulena (Latvia), skeleton: “Actually, I like this track more than others. I am quite satisfied with the race and the result [15th]. I hope I will qualify for the Olympics, then I will come back.”
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