Lake Placid (RWH) Yin Zheng from China (Men's Skeleton), Lisa Buckwitz (GER, Women's Monobob) and the 2-man Bobsleigh duo Kristopher Horn/Adrian Adams from the hosts from the USA are the winners on the first day of competition at the IBSF World Push Championships in Lake Placid (USA).
In Men's Skeleton, Yin Zheng, fifth at the Beijing 2022 Olympics, clocked the best time in all three runs and is the 2022/2023 Push World Champion. Silver went to Felix Keisinger (GER, 0.18 seconds back) ahead of Matt Weston of Great Britain (0.25 seconds back) with bronze.
Push World Champion in Women's Monobob is Lisa Buckwitz (GER). The Olympic Champion of 2018, then pushing Mariama Jamanka, relegated Canada's Cynthia Appiah (0.10 seconds back) and Kaysha Love of the U.S. host team (0.15 seconds back) to second and third places in Lake Placid.
In the 2-man Bobsleigh, Kristopher Horn/Adrian Adams (USA) took the title. Just one hundredth of a second behind them, Switzerland's Simon Friedli/Sandro Michel finished with silver. Surprisingly, Erick Gilson Vianna Jeronimo/Edson Ricardo Martins from Brazil finished third and won bronze (0.13 seconds behind).
The IBSF World Push Championships are staged at the ice house facility located in the Mountain Pass Lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg near the Lake Placid icetrack. For each of the currently six Olympic disciplines of the IBSF – Men’s and Women’s Skeleton, 2-woman and 2-man Bobsleigh, 4-man Bobsleigh and Women’s Monobob – the competitions consists of two preliminary runs and a finalrun of the top ten. All athletes use the same Skeleton and Bobsleigh sled, respectively. All discipline winners are awarded 1,000 Dollars.