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The IBSF Congress 2019 will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on July 7th and welcomes more than 40 National Federations along with Race Organizers, Track Officials, IBSF Representatives and Guests.

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Women's Monobob Event
Women’s Monobob
La Plagne, 8 mar 2020
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2:10.94   
2
2:11.01    (+0.07)
3
2:11.57    (+0.63)
World Championships
Skeleton Mixed Team Competition
Altenberg, 1 mar 2020
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1:55.40    (+0.01)
3
1:55.82    (+0.43)

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Laura Deas | Winter Olympian

There was a request from a fellow skeleton athlete last week for La Plagne to feature on #tracktuesday soon, so here it is..La Plagne is nestled high up in the French Alps, and was used for the 1992 Olympics in Albertville. Apparently bobsleds were raced down the mountain road before it was deemed necessary to build a purpose built course! Unlike all the tracks I've covered so far, it has been hardly been raced on by World Cup skeleton (the last World Cup before the season just gone was in 2015). For this reason, most athletes have had very few runs down it and so it holds a cetain fear factor I'd say- that and the fact that it's a beast! For starters, it's really long and unrelenting with 19 corners, so you have to be able to remain focussed for a longer than usual period of time. Then you've got one of the longest and flattest push starts in the sport, making it quite technically difficult to accelerate the sled off the block. Throw in the very quick transitions and high pressure double wave corners and you'll begin to get the picture. It's also tricky in that in order to go fast here you have to let the sled glide and be pretty relaxed, but relax a little too much and there are fast areas which can cause you major problems- so, it's a delicate balance of letting go but being ready to intervene quickly if things go off course! To really nail the track, you've got to have an acute awareness for how much the sled is rising and falling in the double wave corners. On all tracks the sled naturally wants to follow the wave pattern determined by the corner's geometry, so part of learning a track is working out what that natural pattern will be and how much you will need to alter it to go fast. In La Plagne, all the higher pressure corners have two waves, so you need to know where you are and how much rise and fall is happening in order to affect the outcome on the exit. Too much wave and you'll likely be too high at the end and have an uncontrolled (and possibly painful!) exit, too much control and the waves will be lower and less risky, but the line will probably be slow. Watch the latest La Plagne World Cup back and you'll see plenty of examples of both! 📷 IBSF

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