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The pre-Olympic season will start in Canada

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Whistler (RWH) In the final season before the Olympics, the BMW IBSF bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup series will start at Whistler Sliding Center, the track used for the competitions at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver (CAN).

Four of last seasons five overall winners will be in attendance:

          Tina Hermann (GER, womens skeleton)

          Martins Dukurs (LAT, mens skeleton)

          Kaillie Humphries (CAN, women‘s bobsleigh)

          Yunjong Won (KOR, two-man bobsleigh)

Only the reigning overall winner in the four man bobsleigh World Cup is missing following the retirement of Maximilian Arndt (GER, four man bobsleigh World Champion in 2013 and 2015) in the summer.

Athletes from 22 countries will be travelling to Whistler for the first World Cup event of the season. The host team from Canada will be entering their home World Cup event with the maximum number of pilots and athletes permitted under the regulations:

          Three pilots in two-man and four-man bob piloted by Justin Kripps, Nick Poloniato and Chris Spring

          Three competitors in mens skeleton: Kevin Boyer, Dave Greszczyszyn and Barrett Martineau

          Three womens bobsleigh teams piloted by Christine de Bruin, Kaillie Humphries and Alysia Rissling

          Three competitors in women's skeleton: Jane Channell, Mirela Rahneva and Elisabeth Vathje

The Olympic ice track at Whistler has been a successful venue for Canadian athletes. The countrys bobsleigh and skeleton teams have celebrated 19 podium finishes at five World Cup events in front of a home crowd since the Olympic trials in February 2009. Canadian athletes have taken the top spot a total of eight times.

Skeleton fans can also look forward to the comeback of Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold at the opening World Cup event. Within just 400 days between February 2014 and March 2015, the British athlete secured the Olympic gold, an overall win at the World Cup, plus the World and European Championship titles. She is now returning to the BMW IBSF World Cup after a season-long break. Whistler will see her competing in her first international race for 21 months. ©RWH2016-2017



New draw system in place for the bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup

Whistler (RWH): A new system will be applied when drawing the starting numbers ahead of the races at the opening event for the BMW IBSF World Cup 2016/2017: The top ten pilots in the current IBSF discipline rankings will be drawn for the assignment of starting numbers 6 to 15. The starting numbers 1 to 5 will also be drawn from pilots currently holding points in the ranking list. All remaining pilots will start according to their position in the current IBSF discipline rankings, starting from number 16 to the final competitor (see http://www.ibsf.org/en/standings.

Further information is available in the IBSF International Rules. PDF copies are available to download from http://www.ibsf.org/en/downloads under the menu option Sports International Rules. ©RWH2016-2017




Additional spots for female teams in the four-man bobsleigh World Cup

Whistler (RWH) All countries now have the chance to register two extra teams on top of their allotted quota of starting places for the four-man bobsleigh at the BMW IBSF World Cup 2016/2017. To be eligible for these places, the bobsleighs must have a female pilot. However, the make-up of the braking team be it all women, all men or mixed plays no role in the decision. IBSF rules have permitted women to compete as pilots and brakeswomen in the four-man bobsleigh since the 2014/2015 season. A number of women have already taken advantage of this rule, including Olympic Champion in women‘s bobsleigh Kaillie Humphries of Canada and 2015 World Champion Elana Meyers Taylor (USA). ©RWH2016-2017



The journey to PyeongChang: How IBSF athletes qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Whistler (RWH) For the IBSF, the opening of the pre-Olympic season will see the start of the qualification process for a spot at the bobsleigh and skeleton Olympic events, a good 430 days before the start of the XXIII Winter Games 2018 in the Korean city of PyeongChang. This process will give athletes the chance to qualify for the Games over the space of two winters. To qualify for the Olympics, athletes must have competed in five IBSF races on three different tracks over two years. This includes the European Cup, the North American Cup, the Intercontinental Cup (skeleton only) and the World Cup. If this criterion is met, the quotas will be allocated in January 2018 based on current rankings. ©RWH2016-2017



Keep up to date with bobsleigh and skeleton news on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

Whistler (RWH) As usual, all the latest news, detailed start lists, race results, lots of photos and videos, and a wealth of information about the BMW IBSF bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup will be available on various social media platforms:



Facebook: www.facebook.com/IBSFsliding/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ibsfsliding

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ibsfsliding/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bobskeletv



The official hashtag for the World Cup will be #BMWworldcup



A live ticker for all World Cup races, results lists showing all race times and overall times and the latest World Cup standings can be found on the IBSF website http://www.ibsf.org/en.

TV coverage of the BMW IBSF World Cup races is available in more than 40 countries worldwide. You can find a list of current TV partners at: http://www.ibsf.org/en/broadcasters.

Furthermore, www.ibsf.org and the IBSF YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/bobskeletv will also stream all races live with commentary from Martin Haven and John Morgan. The live stream is available in almost every country in the world. ©RWH2016-2017




On the sidelines

Joel Fearon (GBR)
will be working towards not one but two world championship starts over the next few months: The 2017 BMW IBSF bobsleigh and skeleton World Championships in Sochi (RUS) and the 2017 athletics World Championships in London (GBR). The 28-year-old, who achieved the third best time ever recorded by a British 100-metre runner (9.96 seconds) at the English Athletic Championships this summer, will start by competing as push athlete in the BMW IBSF bobsleigh World Championship in February 2017. Joel Fearon was part of pilot John James Jacksons four-man British bobsleigh team and came fifth in the 2013 World Championships in St. Moritz (SUI) and fifth in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. According to a report on theguardian.com, the British Athletics Association has also selected Joel Fearon for the British 4x100 m relay team. ©RWH2016-2017



Akwasi Frimpong (GHA)
has become the first athlete from Ghana to début at the IBSF North American Cup. The 30-year-old former sprinter and bobsleigh push athlete for the Netherlands is the founder of the Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation of Ghana (BSF Ghana). At the opening event of the North American Cup in Calgary (CAN), Akwasi Frimpong claimed 25th place in both races, while taking 24th and 23rd place in Whistler (CAN). ©RWH2016-2017



Mirela Rahneva (CAN)
spends around 13 hours a day at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. After a skeleton training session and further cardio and strength workouts in the gym, the 28-year-old heads straight to her parent's catering business in the Olympic Park, as she explained in a report on nationalpost.com. Here, Mirela MimiRahneva, who arrived in Canada when she was ten with her Bulgarian parents, helps to organise parties and events before she is up to train on the track again next morning. All her hard work has paid off as she has now been called up to the Canadian skeleton team for the BMW IBSF World Cup, making her début in front of a home crowd in Whistler. ©RWH2016-2017

The schedule for Whistler


Date/time Whistler

Date/time CET

Race

 
Fri, 2 Dec

2.00 pm
3.30 pm


Fri/Sat, 2/3 Dec

11.00 pm
0.30 am


Skeleton women, Run 1
Skeleton women, Run 2


 
 
Fri, 2 Dec

6.00 pm
7.30 pm


Sat, 3 Dec

3.00 am
4.30 am


Two Man Bob, run 1
Two Man Bob, run 2


 
 
Sat,3 Dec

10.00 am
11.30 am


Sat, 3 Dec

7.00 pm
8.30 pm


Skeleton men, run 1
Skeleton men, run 2


 
 
Sat,3 Dec

2.00 pm
3.30 pm


Sat/Sun, 3/4 Dec

11.00 pm
0.30 am


Bobsleigh women, run 1
Bobsleigh women, run 2


 
 
Sat,3 Dec

6.00 pm
7.30 pm


Sun, 4 Dec

3.00 am
4.30 am


Four Man Bob, run 1
Four Man Bob, run 2


 
 

 


Die Weltcup-Sieger von Whistler im Januar 2016

  1.

  2.

  3.

 
Skeleton

Frauen

HERMANN, Tina

GER

O'SHEA, Anne

USA

LÖLLING, Jacqueline

GER

Skeleton

Männer

DUKURS, Martins

LAT

DUKURS, Tomass

LAT

YUN, Sungbin

KOR

Zweierbob

Frauen

HUMPHRIES, Kaillie
LOTHOLZ, Melissa


CAN

GREUBEL POSER, Jamie
GARRETT, Cherrelle


USA

HENGSTER, Christina
DEKKER, Sanne


AUT

Zweierbob

Männer

PETER, Rico
AMRHEIN, Thomas

WON, Yunjong
SEO, Youngwoo


SUI


KOR


-

-

KASJANOV, Alexander
PUSHKAREV, Aleksei


RUS



SPRING, Chris
BROWN, Lascelles


CAN

ZALIMS, Ugis
DAMBIS, Intars


LAT

KASJANOV, Alexander
PUSHKAREV, Aleksei


RUS

Viererbob

- no four man race -
- kein Viererbob-Rennen -




- no four man race -
- kein Viererbob-Rennen -




- no four man race -
- kein Viererbob-Rennen -





  

BMW IBSF Weltcup Bob & Skeleton 2016/2017: Übersicht und Bahn-Infos

 tracks



Die Weltcup-Gesamtsieger 2015/2016



Skeleton Women
Skeleton Frauen


Skeleton Men
Skeleton Männer


Women's Bob
Zweierbob Frauen


Two Man Bob
Zweierbob Männer


Four Man Bob
Viererbob


1. Altenberg (GER)
Nov 27-29, 2015


DEAS, Laura (GBR)

DUKURS, Martins (LAT)

HUMPHRIES, Kaillie (CAN)
LOTHOLZ, Melissa


FRIEDRICH, Francesco (GER)
MARGIS, Thorsten


FRIEDRICH, Francesco (GER)
PUTZE, Martin
BÄCKER, Jannis
MARGIS, Thorsten


2. Winterberg (GER)
Dec 4-6, 2015


HERMANN, Tina (GER)

DUKURS, Martins (LAT)

GREUBEL POSER, Jamie (USA)
GARRETT, Cherrelle


FRIEDRICH, Francesco (GER)
MARGIS, Thorsten


FRIEDRICH, Francesco (GER)
PUTZE, Martin
BÄCKER, Jannis
MARGIS, Thorsten


3. Königssee (GER)
Dec 11-13, 2015


HERMANN, Tina (GER)

DUKURS, Martins (LAT)

HUMPHRIES, Kaillie (CAN)
LOTHOLZ, Melissa


FRIEDRICH, Francesco (GER)
MARGIS, Thorsten


WALTHER, Nico (GER)
HÜBENBECKER, Marko
BERMBACH, Gregor
FRANKE, Eric


4. Lake Placid (USA)
Jan 8-9, 2016


O'SHEA, Anne (USA)

DUKURS, Martins (LAT)

GREUBEL POSER, Jamie (USA)
GARRETT, Cherrelle


HOLCOMB, Steven (USA)
VALDES, Carlo


ARNDT, Maximilian (GER)
PUTZE, Martin
HEBER, Ben
KORONA, Kevin


5. Park City (USA)
Jan 15-16, 2016


HERMANN, Tina (GER)

DUKURS, Martins (LAT)

HUMPHRIES, Kaillie (CAN)
LOTHOLZ, Melissa


- no two man race -
- kein Zweierbob-Rennen -


KASJANOV, Alexander (RUS, race 1)
HUZIN, Ilvir
PUSHKAREV, Aleksei
ZAYTSEV, Aleksey

WALTHER, Nico (GER, race 2)
HÜBENBECKER, Marko
POSER, Christian
FRANKE, Eric


6. Whistler (CAN)
Jan 22-23, 2016


HERMANN, Tina (GER)

DUKURS, Martins (LAT)

HUMPHRIES, Kaillie (CAN)
LOTHOLZ, Melissa


PETER, Rico (SUI, race 1)
AMRHEIN, Thomas
und/tied
WON, Yunjong (KOR, race 1)
SEO, Youngwoo

SPRING, Chris (CAN, race 2)
BROWN, Lascelles


- no four man race -
- kein Viererbob-Rennen -


7. St. Moritz (SUI) + ECh/EM
Feb 5-7, 2016


FLOCK, Janine (AUT)

YUN, Sungbin (KOR)

MEYERS TAYLOR, Elana (USA)
GIBBS, Lauren


HEFTI, Beat (SUI)
BAUMANN, Alex


ARNDT, Maximilian (GER)
KORONA, Kevin
PUTZE, Martin
HEBER, Ben


8. Königssee (GER)
Feb 26-28, 2016


HERMANN, Tina (GER)

DUKURS, Martins (LAT)

MEYERS TAYLOR, Elana (USA)
JONES, Kehri


WON, Yunjong (KOR)
SEO, Youngwoo


ARNDT Maximilian (GER)
RÖDIGER, Alexander
KUSKE, Kevin
PUTZE, Martin


Overall World Cup winners
Weltcup-Gesamtsieger


HERMANN, Tina
(GER, 1737)


DUKURS, Martins
(LAT, 1785)


HUMPHRIES, Kaillie
(CAN, 1720)


WON, Yunjong
(KOR, 1562)


ARNDT, Maximilian
(GER, 1715)


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