Stephanie Schneider sets the starting record for female pilots
Oberhof (RWH): The German bobsleigh team have passed their first key performance test prior to the start of the Olympic season at the starting facilities in Oberhof. The male and female pilots and brake teams took on a single push with the aim of undercutting the required standard start time.
Among the female pilots, Stephanie Schneider set a new German starting record as reported in a press release by the German Bobsleigh, Luge, and Skeleton Federation (BSD). The 2016 Junior World Champion, who also finished fourth at the 2016 World Championships, was joined by Mariama Jamanka, Christin Senkel, Sandra Kroll, Kim Kalicki and Anna Köhler in breaking the start-time standard. Schneider and Jamanka are both lined up for the German team for the 2017/2018 BMW IBSF World Cup. Two selection processes are set to take place in October to find a female pilot to fill the third World Cup starting spot. “The strongest brakewomen are currently Annika Drazek – who is still nursing a calf injury – Ann-Christin Strack, Lisa Buckwitz and Franziska Fritz-Glahn”, said German head coach René Spies.
On the men’s team, the 4-man bobsleigh World Champions Francesco Friedrich and Johannes Lochner and third-place finalist in the World Championships Nico Walther have already been named as the World Cup pilots for the 2-man and 4-man events. The quickest brakeman in Oberhof was four-time Olympic Champion Kevin Kuske. “Jannis Bäcker and Christian Poser have returned from their injuries with great performances and Martin Grothkopp, Thorsten Margis, Christian Rasp and Joshua Bluhm all impressed me as well,” added head coach Spies.
The selection processes for the World Cup team are scheduled for 2–8 October in Winterberg and 9–14 October in Königssee.