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Points, titles and World Championship rehearsal at seventh World Cup of season

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St Moritz (RWH)  The seventh round in the BMW IBSF World Cup Bob + Skeleton 2015/2016 has a lot to offer, with World Cup races, the European Championships and the World Championship rehearsal.The importance of the event is underscored by the venue, as St Moritz is one of the most illustrious names in ice track sports.The famous winter sports resort in Switzerland’s Oberengadin region not only has sunny ski slopes, kilometre upon kilometre of cross country trails, and exclusive sports such as polo and the Cresta Run to offer, it also boasts the Olympia Bob Run St Moritz-Celerina,the only natural ice track in the world on which bobsleigh and skeleton races are still held.The course of the 1,722-metre track between Badrutt’s Park in St Moritz at an altitude of 1,852 m and Celerina-Cresta at 1,738 m, has changed very little in the last 100 years. And the same is true of its design:at the end of November every year, a crew from South Tyrol spends three weeks constructing the new ice track for the season using 5,000 cubic metres of snow and 4,000 of water.The only concessions to modified technology and today’s heavier sleds are a larger curve radius, some stone and wood reinforcement, particularly in the Horseshoe curve, and the extension of the outrun area.

The penultimate round of the World Cup winter in St Moritz will give an indication of who will stand where in the final overall rankings.Mathematically speaking, the 210-point lead held by Martins Dukurs in the men’s skeleton is not enough to guarantee his seventh overall World Cup victory in succession. But after six wins in six races, the Latvian is the clear favourite to win not only the World Cup race in St Moritz, but also the IBSF European Championships, which will be fought out in a race-in-race format at the same time.That, too, would be his seventh consecutive title.

In the women’s skeleton, four season victories have placed Tina Hermann of Germany in the role of favourite,with a 154-point lead on fellow German Jacqueline Lölling, the surprise winner of World Championship silver last year in Winterberg.The 2012 Youth Olympic Champion hasn’t won a World Cup yet, but Lölling is no stranger to a first in St Moritz,as it was here that she won a European Cup race in January 2015.Fans at the track should also watch out for their local slider Marina Gilardoni.The Swiss athlete celebrated her first two World Cup podium finishes this winter, and missed her first victory by a whisker in Lake Placid.

The bobsleigh disciplines are full of excitement this World Cup tour.Only 87 points separate the top two four-man bobsledders, World Champion Maximilian Arndt from Germany and his compatriot Francesco Friedrich. Hot on the heels of Friedrich is Rico Peter, just ten points down as his home World Cup in St Moritz approaches.The Swiss pilot has already come third three times this winter in the four-man event.The 2014 European Championship runner-up is faring even better in the two-man bobsleigh:he celebrated his first victory of the season in Whistler, tying with Korea’s Yunjong Won, who is currently at the top of the overall standings.In the run-up to the last but one race of the season, Rico Peter has the third highest overall World Cup score after Won and joint second-placed Ugis Zalims (LAT) and Nico Walther (GER).

Fans will also be pleased to hear that Beat Hefti is rejoining the World Cup in St Moritz.The 2014 Olympic silver medallist and three-time European Champion in the two-man bobsleigh left the World Cup for the European Cup after injuries beset his team of brakemen.Together with his now recovered brakeman of choice, Alex Baumann, he came second twice on the track hosting the forthcoming World Championships in Innsbruck and won the final European Cup race at home in St Moritz.

Two Swiss teams will be competing on the home track in the four-man bobsleigh, piloted by Rico Peter and Pius Meyerhans.48-year-old Meyerhans came sixteenth in his second World Cup in Park City, surprising everyone with a start time in the first run that was only 0.04 seconds slower than that posted by World Champion Maximilian Arndt.©RWH2015-2016


Keep up to date with bobsleigh and skeleton news on Facebook, Twitter & co.

Lake Placid (RWH)  The latest news, detailed start lists, race results and a wealth of photos and information on the BMW IBSF World Cup Bob + Skeleton are again available this season via a variety of social media channels.The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF maintains its own site on Facebook, and all news is posted straight to the profile pages of the over 2,100 members of the IBSF Facebook group and also sent to Twitter followers (@IBSFsliding), of which there are over 2,600.

A live ticker for all World Cup races, as well as results lists showing all race times and overall times and the latest World Cup standings can also be found after every race at ibsf.org.Many countries throughout the world are showing TV coverage of the BMW IBSF World Cup races,and in addition, ibsf.organd the IBSF YouTube channelwww.youtube.com/user/bobskeletvare presenting all races live with commentary by Martin Haven and John Morgan.The live stream is available in almost every country in the world©RWH2015-2016


On the sidelines

Lizzy Yarnold (GBR), winner of the Olympics and the overall World Cup in 2014, World Champion in 2015 and defending European Champion, is taking a break from the sport of skeleton this 2015/2016 season.But the 27-year-old, who aims to defend her Olympic gold medal at the Winter Games in PyeongChang (KOR) in 2018, has been busy in the meantime.From the end of January she can be seen on British TV as one of the coaches in The Jump,a talent show in which celebrities from sport and showbiz including Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington, singer Brian McFadden and actress Louisa Lytton face challenges in a variety of ski-related activities, including those of bobsleigh and skeleton.©RWH2015-2016

Johannes Lochner (GER) won the right to compete in the BMW IBSF World Championships 2016 in Innsbruck twice over at the IBSF Junior World Championships in Winterberg mid-January.The 25-year-old, who came a surprise joint second with overall World Cup winner Oskars Melbardis (LAT) at the BMW IBSF World Championships in Winterberg in 2015, won the title of Junior World Champion in both the two-man and the four-man bobsleigh, securing the personal right to compete in the adult format in both disciplines.Lochner also came first in the overall IBSF European Cup standings in two-man and four-man bob. @RWH2015-2016

Wenqiang Geng (CHN) is the most successful slider to date in the newly formed Chinese skeleton team.The ten athletes are being coached by Canada’s Jeff Pain, who came second at the 2002 Olympics and won two skeleton World Championships (2003 and 2005).They were selected in China in the summer of 2015 from 121 applicants and 21 sports, and raced their first competitions at the beginning of 2016 in the IBSF European Cup.Wenqiang Geng came 21st and 19th in Königssee, and in St Moritz he was sixteenth of 42 sliders.In the first run, the 20-year-old recorded the sixth fastest start.©RWH2015-2016

St Moritz timetable

Date/time CET

Race

Friday, 5 February

12.30 pm

2.45 pm

Skeleton men, run 1

Skeleton men, run 2

Friday, 5 February

1.45 pm

3.45 pm

Skeleton women, run 1

Skeleton women, run 2

Saturday, 6 February

8.30 am

10.45 am

Bobsleigh women, run 1

Bobsleigh women, run 2

Saturday, 6 February

9.30 am

11.45 am

Bobsleigh men, run 1

Bobsleigh men, run 2

Sunday, 7 February

10.30 am

12.00 pm

Four-man bobsleigh, run 1

Four-man bobsleigh, run 2





The last World Cup winners in St Moritz in January 2015

  1.

  2.

  3.

 
Skeleton

Women

FLOCK, Janine

AUT

VATHJE, Elisabeth

CAN

DEAS, Laura

GBR

Skeleton

Men

DUKURS, Martins

LAT

YUN, Sungbin

KOR

TREGYBOV, Nikita

RUS

Bobsleigh

Women

SCHNEIDERHEINZE, Anja
DRAZEK, Annika


GER

MARTINI, Cathleen
BERTELS, Franziska


GER

GREUBEL POSER, Jamie
GARRETT, Cherrelle


USA

Bobsleigh

Men

MELBARDIS, Oskars
DREISKENS, Daumants


LAT

HEFTI, Beat
BAUMANN, Alex




ZALIMS, Ugis
DAMBIS, Intars


SUI





LAT

-

LAT

Four-man bobsleigh

MELBARDIS, Oskars
DREISKENS, Daumants
VILKASTE, Arvis
STRENGA, Janis


LAT

FRIEDRICH, Francesco
BERMBACH, Gregor
GROTHKOPP, Martin
MARGIS, Thorsten


GER

ARNDT, Maximilian
SPEER, Jan
RÖDIGER, Alexander
PUTZE, Martin


GER





The 2015 European Champions

  1.

  2.

  3.

 
Skeleton

Women

Lizzy YARNOLD

GBR

Janine FLOCK

AUT

Rose McGRANDLE

GBR

Skeleton

Men

Martins DUKURS

LAT

Alexander TRETIAKOV

RUS

Tomass DUKURS

LAT

Bobsleigh

Women

Anja SCHNEIDERHEINZE
Franziska BERTELS


GER

Cathleen MARTINI Stephanie SCHNEIDER

GER

Stefanie SZCZUREK
Erline NOLTE


GER

Bobsleigh

Men

Francesco FRIEDRICH
Martin GROTHKOPP


GER

Oskars MELBARDIS Daumants DREISKENS

LAT

Rico PETER
Bror VAN DER ZIJDE


SUI

Four-man bobsleigh

Oskars MELBARDIS
Daumants DREISKENS
Arvis VILKASTE
Janis STRENGA


LAT

Alexander KASJANOV
Ilvir HUZIN
Aleksei PUSHKAREV
Aleksey ZAYTSEV


RUS

Francesco FRIEDRICH
Candy BAUER
Martin GROTHKOPP
Thorsten MARGIS


GER




Season champions and World Cup leaders in BMW IBSF World Cup Bob + Skeleton 2015/2016

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