Junior World Champion Kalicki in second ahead of overall World Cup winner Schneider
Altenberg (RWH) Kaillie Humphries/Lauren Gibbs (USA) are leading the field half way through proceedings in the 2-woman bobsleigh at the 2020 BMW IBSF World Championships. In Altenberg (GER), the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Champion recorded the best time in both heats and is currently 0.21 seconds ahead of Junior World Champion Kim Kalicki/Kira Lipperheide (GER) before the final day of racing. The overall World Cup holder Stephanie Schneider (GER), racing with Leonie Fiebig as her brakewoman in Altenberg, is in third overall (0.54 seconds back).
The Olympic Champion and defending World Champion Mariama Jamanka (GER) and Annika Drazek moved from seventh up into fourth during heat two. The European Champions Nadezhda Sergeeva/Elena Mamedova (RUS) will start the second day of World Championship action in seventh place.
Made up of runs three and four, the World Championship finals will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time on Saturday, 22 February. ©RWH2020
>> Result after heat two of four
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis
Kaillie Humphries (CAN, Olympic Champion 2010 and 2014, World Champion 2012 and 2013)
„I am happy with the second run, not so with the first. The ice is very nice but harder because it’s cold today. This changes the driving style. I was not quite ready for that in the first run.“
Kim Kalicki (GER, 2020 Junior World Champion)
“I like Altenberg. But the runs weren’t ideal yet. It could have gone a bit better.”
Stephanie Schneider (GER, overall winner of the 2020 World Cup, silver medallist in the 2019 World Championships)
“The day was more or less OK. We really wanted to pack a bit more of a punch in heat two and fight our way to the front – but unfortunately, we ended up slipping back. It is very tight; Altenberg is a selective track.”