Steven Holcomb finishes second overall ahead of Yunjong Won
PyeongChang (RWH): Bobsleigh pilot Francesco Friedrich of Germany has won the final race of the BMW IBSF World Cup season in PyeongChang (KOR) and, as a result, secured his first ever overall title in the 2-man bobsleigh. The four-time World Champion (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) racked up five golds, two silvers and a total of 1545 points in the final World Cup season ahead of the Olympics. Steven Holcomb of the USA (1331), who came 14th in PyeongChang, finished second in the overall standings ahead of Yunjong Won (KOR, 1312). Won, the overall winner of the 2016 World Cup and the athlete in fifth place at the final race, had the honour of receiving his coveted Crystal Globe trophy in front of a home crowd.
At the eighth and final race of the BMW IBSF World Cup, Oskars Kibermanis/Matiss Miknis (LAT, 0.30 seconds behind) finished second at the Alpensia Sliding Centre behind the victorious pairing of Francesco Friedrich/Thorsten Margis (GER). Friedrich/Margis also secured the first start and track record for the Olympic track (4.86 seconds/50.24 seconds).
Third place at the World Cup finale and rehearsals for the Olympic ice track events in 2018 went to Johannes Lochner/Joshua Blum (GER, 0.34 seconds back), who climbed from eighth place to a place on the podium after recording the best time on run two.
Nick Polotiato of Canada, who was racing with brakeman Lascelles Brown, finished in fourth place (0.39 seconds back) to celebrate his best result in the BMW IBSF World Cup by far.
All of the results and overall standings from the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup are available on the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) homepage: www.ibsf.org. ©RWH2017