IBSF North-American Cup and Para World Cup kick-off in Calgary
In Calgary's Canada Olympic Park, local hero Jaclyn Laberge (CAN) won both women's skeleton races followed by Jaclyn Narracott (AUS) and US racer Veronica Day. At men's skeleton, Spain's Ander Mirambell celebrated his first two victories followed by John Farrow (AUS). Rhys Thornbury (NZL) and Alex Ivanov (USA) finished third, respectively.
In women's bobsleigh, Christine de Bruin (CAN) won both races. Rank two went to teammate Alysia Rissling in first race and Brittany Reinbolt (USA) in second race. Nicole Vogt (USA) and Alysia Rissling (CAN) finished third, respectively. In two-man bob won Codie Bascue (USA) followed by Canadians Justin Kripps and Nick Poloniato, Chris Spring (CAN) won the second round of IBSF North American Cup followed by teammate Nick Poloniato and Codie Bascue (USA).
The three four-man races saw four winners with the teams of Justin Kripps (CAN), Codie Bascue (USA) and tied Loic Costerg (FRA) and Rudy Rinaldi (MON). Chris Spring (CAN) ended the Calgary four-man races with a second and a third place finish. Kaillie Humphries (CAN), two-times Olympic and World Champion in women’s bob, celebrated two podium finishes with her four-man-team as third in race one and three.
Briton Matthew Richardson, who was the first ever World Cup winner in his sport by winning last winters kick-off event in Park City (USA), also won the first Para-Skeleton World Cup 2015-2016, followed by last season's Overall Champion Eric Eierdam (USA) and Canadian Kelsey Rice.
Lonnie Bissonnette (CAN) won the Para-Monobob (seated) competition followed by Aaron Lannighan (USA) and last winters Overall Champion Jason Sturm (USA). ©RWH2015-2016