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Olympic Champion Mariama Jamanka second ahead of Elana Meyers Taylor

Winterberg (RWH) First victory of the season for the European Champion: bobsleigh pilot Stephanie Schneider (GER) has won the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg. With brakewoman Ann-Christin Strack, the German secured her fourth World Cup victory in front of a home crowd.

Olympic Champion Mariama Jamanka and brakewoman Annika Drazek (GER, 0.07 seconds back) were in the lead after the first run but dropped to second following a mistake on their next outing. World Champion Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza (USA, 0.08 seconds back) finished just one hundredth of a second behind in third.

The Belgian Elfje Willemsen was competing in her final race in the BMW IBSF World Cup. Willemsen, who finished sixth in the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and was the European Championship silver medallist in 2016, took to the steering ropes for the last time in Winterberg. Joining her was her long-standing brakewoman Hanna Marien, Olympic Champion in 2008 with the Belgian 4x100-metre relay team. The duo received a rapturous reception at the finishing line from a crowd of travelling fans and athletes from all nations.

Mariama Jamanka still leads the overall standings of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2018/2019, (GER, 435 points) ahead of Russia’s Nadezhda Sergeeva (394), who finished fifth in Winterberg. Anna Köhler (GER, 392), who finished fourth in Winterberg, is in third place overall.

Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ©RWH2018

Stephanie Schneider (GER, Olympic fourth 2018, European Champion 2018)

“It’s a major surprise to take the win. It’s a really good result after Sigulda. When the sled is working we know we can mix it at the front and it’s great that we came out on top today.”

Mariama Jamanka (GER, Olympic Champion 2018, European Champion 2017)

“Steffi drove a good race today. Unfortunately I made a few mistakes on the second run. It’s annoying but it happens. We need to analyse it in detail with the coach.”

Elana Meyers Taylor (USA, Olympic silver medallist in 2014, World Champion in 2015 and 2017)

“That was close, but that’s how it goes in Winterberg. The start is very important here. I was injured throughout the summer, so I still need to work on it. The plan is to be ready for the World Championship in Whistler.”

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