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Königssee, Germany –The Intersport FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup tour resumes Friday through Sunday, january 9-11, on the sport’s oldest refrigerated track. Skeleton begins the competition on Friday, with two-man and women’s bob set for Saturday, and four-man on Sunday. Königssee, Germany –The Intersport FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup tour resumes Friday through Sunday, january 9-11, on the sport’s oldest refrigerated track.  Skeleton begins the competition on Friday, with two-man and women’s bob set for Saturday, and four-man on Sunday. 

It will be the fourth World Cup of the season and the  third and final 2008-2009 race in Germany. Königssee was not scheduled to host a World Cup this season, but the FIBT moved the races here when technical difficulties caused a cancellation of the World Cup in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The action will be televised around the world with coverage on ZDF (Germany), RTR Sport (Russia), Universal Sports (USA), CBC (Canada), Eurosport2 (Great Britain), Viasat (Scandinavia and the Baltics), POLSAT (Poland), RAI Sport (Italy), Canal+ (France), TVE (Spain) and via delayed streaming on www.fibt.com.

The pilot and riders are looking ahead to establish their starting positions at the Bauhaus FIBT World Championships February 20-March 1 in Lake Placid, New York. The seedings are based on the FIBT ranking at the end of the season.

In 2-man bobsleigh rookie World Cup pilot Beat Hefti of Switzerland has a slight points lead over Andre Lange of Germany. Alexsandr Zubkov of Russia leads Lange, the defending 2-man and 4-man bob World and Olympic Champion, in the race for the 4-man trophy.  Helen Upperton of Canada tops the women's bobsleigh rankings over Sandra Kiriasis of Germany.

In men's skeleton, Martins Dukurs of Latvia has a small advantage over Florian Grassl of Germany. In the women's skeleton rankings, Kerstin Szymkowiak of Germany leads teammate Anja Huber.  Huber will be competing with an elbow injury suffered in holiday training in Altenberg, Germany.

Competitors missing this weekend include Steven Holcomb of the USA, who has stayed in the Lake Placid to train, and Matthias Hoepfner of Germany, who is injured and will miss the rest of the season. Karl Angerer and Thomas Florschuetz were sharing the Germany No. 3 role until Hoepfner was injured in Igls in December. Now they are both schedule to slide for Germany, along with Lange.

Königssee World Cup Times (Central European Time):
Friday, Jan. 9: Women’s skeleton at 9:00 am, Men’s skeleton at 1pm
Saturday, Jan. 10: Men’s two-man bobsled at 9:30 am, Women’s bobsled 1:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 11: Men’s four-man bobsled at 9:30 am

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