BMW IBSF World Cup in Altenberg: victory for Olympic Champion Kaillie Humphries
Altenberg (RWH) Olympic and World Champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada has started the BMW IBSF World Cup 2015/2016 with her first World Cup victory in almost two years and a track record. The bobsleigh pilot and her brakewoman Melissa Lotholz set a new track record of 56.77 seconds and were 0.74 seconds faster than second-placed Elfje Willemsen and Sophie Vercruyssen of Belgium after the second run. Third place in Altenberg went to two teams: Austria’s Christina Hengster–Sanne Dekker, and Jamie Greubel Poser–Lauren Gibbs of the USA (both 1.05 seconds back). This is Christina Hengster’s second podium placing after a third in Igls (AUT) in December 2011.
After the first of eight races, Kaillie Humphries of Canada heads the overall BMW IBSF World Cup rankings with 225 points followed by Elfje Willemsen of Belgium with 210 points. Christina Hengster of Austria and Jamie Greubel Poser are tied at third with 200 points.
The complete list of results showing all race times, overall times, and the current world cup rankings can be found at ibsf.org, via Twitter (@IBSFsliding), as well as on the official IBSF website and in the IBSF group on Facebook.
Complete results lists showing all race times, overall times and the latest World Cup standings can be found at www.ibsf.org, via Twitter (@IBSFsliding), on the official IBSF page, and on the IBSF Facebook group.
Kaillie Humphries (CAN, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Champion, 2012 and 2013 World Champion)
“This is a good start to the season. I worked hard over the summer, and have a new sled. Altenberg is a difficult track; if you make a mistake, it will bite you!”
Elfje Willemsen (BEL, sixth at the 2014 Olympics, fourth at the 2015 European Championships)
“The first run was probably the worst in my whole life. Altenberg is good for me obviously, even if it always makes me nervous.”
Christina Hengster (AUT, seventh in the 2012 overall World Cup rankings)
“I’m definitely happy. It’s always difficult to say where you stand before the first World Cup race, so this is an enormous relief. I think we managed to run a brilliant race.”
Jamie Greubel Poser (USA, 2014 Olympic bronze medallist, overall third in the 2014 World Cup rankings)
“My first medal ever on a German track. That’s quite an accomplishment as it’s hard to perform really well here.”
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