Swiss Stewart and Frei second and third, Athletes from 13 nations compete in St. Moritz
St. Moritz (RWH) Canada's Lonnie Bissonnette, overall winner in 2020, has won the opening race of the 2020/2021 IBSF Para-Bob World Cup. At the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina (SUI), the 2016 and 2019 World Champion celebrated his 13th victory overall in the race series. With the best run time of the race in the second run, local hero Christopher Stewart (SUI), the 2019 European Champion, came within 0.12 seconds of Lonnie Bissonnette and finished second. In third place, the second Swiss starter, 23-year-old Jonas Frei, celebrated his first podium finish in his seventh Para-Sport World Cup.
At the start of the first World Cup event of the season for IBSF athletes with disabilities, there were 17 competitors from 13 nations, including three women. As the first athlete from her country, Gabriela Knapová from the Czech Republic made her World Cup debut in St. Moritz.
Lonnie Bissonnette is the record World Cup winner with 13 victories in 46 races, no other athlete has won more races. Corie Mapp (GBR) has been on the top of the podium eleven times, including the first World Cup victory in Para-Bob in the history of the sport. In January 2015, the Briton won the first Para-Bob race in Innsbruck. ©RWH2021
Photos: IBSF / Girts Kehris