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Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Defending champion Schneider second at Königssee ahead of Elana Meyers Taylor 

Königssee (RWH) Bobsleigh pilot Kim Kalicki (GER) celebrated her first victory in the BMW IBSF World Cup at Königssee (GER). Eight times the 2020 World Championships silver medallist and  Junior World Champion was on the starting line at a World Cup race, eight times she finished on a podium.

In her first World Cup victory, together with Ann-Christin Strack, Kim Kalicki came from third place to the top of the field in the second race run at Königssee. There were 18 2-woman bobsleigh teams from twelve nations at the start.

World Cup defending champion Stephanie Schneider (GER), in the lead after the first run, finished second this time in her third start in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2020/2021 after two victories before. With her push athlete Tamara Seer, Schneider was 0.25 seconds behind the winner Kalicki.

Third place in the Königssee BMW IBSF World Cup went to 2014 and 2018 Olympic silver medallist Elana Meyers Taylor with Sylvia Hoffman (USA, 0.46 seconds back). The US duo clocked the best start time twice.

Christine de Bruin/Sara Villani of Canada celebrated their best result of the season in fourth place. De Bruin, the 2019 and 2020 World Cup bronze medallist missed her first World Cup podium in a year by a tenth of a second.

Heading into the final on her home track in Innsbruck (AUT), Austria's Katrin Beierl leads the overall BMW IBSF World Cup standings. Beierl, fifth at Koenigssee, has 1306 points ahead of the last of the eight races of the season. Kim Kalicki (GER) follows in second place with 1255 points. Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka (GER, 1203), who finished sixth in Koenigssee, is third overall.

For more detailed information including athlete profiles and World Cup results please visit ibsf.org. Photos for editorial use can be found at Flickr. ©RWH2021

Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

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