Laura Nolte in second place in St. Moritz, local hero Martina Fontanive finishes third
St. Moritz (RWH) Kaillie Humphries (USA), Olympic 2-woman bobsleigh Champion in 2010 and 2014, claimed victory in her first race in the Women's Monobob World Series 2020/2021.
At the Olympic Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina (SUI), the bobsleigh pilot had a 0.20-second lead over second-placed Laura Nolte (GER) after two race runs. Nolte, the 2-woman Bobsleigh European Champion, was the 2016 Youth Olympic Champion in Lillehammer - in the monobob.
Third place in St. Moritz went to local hero Martina Fontanive of the Swiss hosts' team. She was 0.29 seconds behind the winner Kaillie Humphries.
Fastest athlete at the start in St. Moritz in both runs was a debutant in the discipline: Elana Meyers Taylor from the USA, the Olympic silver medalist 2014 and 2018 in the 2-woman bobsleigh, now holds the start record (5.74 seconds) and finished the race in fifth place.
The race for the Women's Monobob World Series was also a premiere for Stephanie Schneider (GER). The overall World Cup winner of 2020 in 2-woman bobsleigh set the best time of all athletes in the second race run (1:10.90 minutes) and finished fourth in the end.
There were 16 athletes from eleven nations at the start in St. Moritz. Monobob pilots from seven countries made it into the top ten.
The Women's Monobob World Series will be held in winter 2020/2021 during all IBSF race series. The competition at the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina was the second of the series to be run during a BMW IBSF World Cup. 2022 in Beijing, the discipline is on the program of the Olympic Winter Games for the first time.
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Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis