Laura Nolte finishes second in Königssee ahead of Stephanie Schneider
Königssee (RWH) Silver anniversary when it comes to World Cup gold: The 2-woman bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries (USA) has won the BMW IBSF World Cup race in Königssee. Racing with brake athlete Sylvia Hoffmann, the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Champion celebrated her 25th World Cup victory as a result.
However, the battle for a place on the podium was exceptionally close: At the end of the two heats in Königssee, just 0.03 seconds separated first and second place, which went to Laura Nolte (GER) and her brake woman Erline Nolte. The 2016 Youth Olympic Champion therefore continued her unbroken run of four podium finishes out of four World Cup races.
Third place in Königssee went to the World Championship silver medallist Stephanie Schneider with Ann-Christin Strack (GER, 0.09 seconds back).
The excitement levels in this extremely close race were already high during heat one. A mere 0.15 seconds separated the first six sleds from four different countries. Ahead of the final run, Christine de Bruin (CAN) and Laura Nolte were tied in first place while Junior World Champion Katrin Beierl (AUT) and Stephanie Schneider were also tied in fourth. De Bruin and Beierl ended the race in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The race to the top of the overall standings in the 2019/2020 BMW IBSF World Cup remains exceptionally tight. With her third win of the season, Kaillie Humphries (USA, 1259 points) extended her lead over Stephanie Schneider (GER, 1211) by a small margin. The World Champion and defending World Cup title holder Mariama Jamanka (GER, 1171), who finished sixth in Königssee, defended her position as third overall.