Stephanie Schneider finishes second in Lake Placid ahead of debutante Kim Kalicki
Lake Placid (RWH): World Cup victory number 23 for bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries – but her first for the USA. The 2010 and 2014 Olympic Champion, who raced for Canada until 2018, won the opening race in the 2019/2020 BMW IBSF World Cup for her first victory since joining Team USA.
With her brakewoman Lauren Gibbs, the 2012 and 2013 World Champion had a 0.31-second lead over World Championship silver medallist Stephanie Schneider (GER) racing with Lisette Thöne. Coincidentally, both Humphries and Gibbs stood on the podium at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang: Humphries secured bronze for Canada as pilot and Gibbs pushed US pilot Elana Meyers Taylor to silver.
U23 World Champion Kim Kalicki (GER, 0.44 seconds back) ended her debut in the BMW IBSF World Cup in a surprising third place with Vanessa Mark. The Olympic Champion, World Champion, European Champion and defending World Cup holder, Mariama Jamanka of Germany, finished the World Cup opener in Lake Placid in fourth place with Kira Lipperheide, one hundredth of a second behind their team-mates Kalicki/Mark.
Kaillie Humphries (USA, 225 points) is currently leading the overall standings for the 2019/2020 BMW IBSF World Cup, followed by Stephanie Schneider (GER, 210) and Kim Kalicki (GER, 200).