Victories go to Dan, McGuire, Cernanska and Kim
Lake Placid (RWH) With races number five and six of the OMEGA Youth Series in Monobob and Skeleton sport, the qualifying for the 2022 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) entered the second half. 26 youth athletes from 11 nations competed in Lake Placid (USA).
In Youth Skeleton sport, Dan Zhao from China won both women's races ahead of Canadian Hallie Clarke. Lansiia Dmytriieva from Ukraine and Larissa Brito Candido finished third, respectively. Local hero James McGuire (USA) celebrated two wins in the men's races. Taido Nagao (JPN) in second place first relegated Ryan Kuehn from Canada and then his teammate Takanobu Usui to third place.
Viktoria Cernanska (SVK) took the women's lead in the Youth Monobob with her third and fourth victory in the series. Maddie Cohen (USA) finished second ahead of Yu-Hsin Lin (TPE) and Hyeongwon Joo (KOR) respectively. Jimin Kim was the two-times winner at the men’s races. The Korean relegated the Croatian Toni Nimac and Gustavo dos Santos Ferreira (BRA) to second and third places respectively.
The OMEGA Youth Qualification Series includes eight races on four different tracks, two each in Europe (Lillehammer/NOR and Königssee/GER) as well as North America (Lake Placid and Park City/USA). The four best results from these eight races achieved by athletes will form the IBSF Youth Ranking list from which the YOG quota spots per nation are determined. In Lausanne 2020 (9 to 22 January 2020), 40 Skeleton and 36 Monobob athletes are due to compete, with gender equality in both sports.
The final races of OMEGA Youth series are scheduled for 7 –8 December in Park City (USA).
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Photos: Kim McGuire