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Photo: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis
Olympic Champion Jamanka in second ahead of World Champion Meyers Taylor

Innsbruck (RWH) Bobsleigh pilot Stephanie Schneider (GER) celebrated her second win of the season at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Innsbruck. Alongside pusher Ann-Christin Strack, the 2018 European Champion came close to breaking the track record in the second race in Innsbruck, leaving teammate and Olympic Champion Mariama Jamanka and partner Kira Lipperheide (GER, 0.11 seconds behind) trailing in second place. For pusher Lipperheide, Innsbruck represented a World Cup début and the third bobsleigh race of her professional career. The 18-year-old won her first two races at the IBSF Europe Cup in Innsbruck in January 2019 with pilot Kim Kalicki.

World Champion and Olympic runner-up, Elana Meyers Taylor from the USA, came in third with teammate Sylvia Hoffman (0.17 seconds behind), having taking a narrow lead after the first race.

Sixth place was taken by local heroes Katrin Beierl and Jennifer Onasanya (AUT), fresh from celebrating a surprise bronze medal the week before at the European Championships in Königssee.

In the overall standings at the 2018/2019 BMW IBSF World Cup, Olympic Champion Mariama Jamanka (GER, 1095 points) defended her lead after the fifth of eight races of the season. Stephanie Schneider (GER, 986) is second overall ahead of Anna Köhler (GER, 936). Köhler placed fourth in Innsbruck.

Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2019

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