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European Champion Nolte 2-woman bobsleigh winner at BMW IBSF World Cup; Photo: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Kim Kalicki second in Innsbruck, Christine de Bruin finished third

Innsbruck (RWH) European and Junior World Champion Laura Nolte (GER) is the first World Cup winner of the Olympic season in 2-woman bobsleigh. At the BMW IBSF World Cup in Innsbruck (AUT), Nolte with her push athlete Leonie Fiebig took her fifth World Cup victory with the best time in both races.

Her team-mates Kim Kalicki/Anabel Galander (GER) finished second, 0.17 seconds behind. In her ten World Cup races so far, pilot Kalicki has been on the podium nine times. Third place at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Innsbruck went to 2019 and 2020 World Championships bronze medallist Christine de Bruin of Canada with Kristen Bujnowski (0.29 seconds back).

One hundredth of a second behind the podium were the Olympic Champions of the last three Winter Games: Mariama Jamanka (GER, 2018) and Kaillie Humphries (USA, 2010 and 2014) were tied for fourth.

24 sleds from 14 nations competed at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Innsbruck. Athletes from six nations were represented in the top ten.

Qing Ying/Jiani Du (CHN) finished the kick-off BMW IBSF World Cup in 13th and as the best duo of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games host nation.

Ashleigh Werner from Australia made her debut als pilot in BMW IBSF World Cup. She finished 19th with Kiara Reddingius.

Laura Nolte leads the 2-woman Bobsleigh overall ranking of BMW IBSF World Cup with 225 points ahead of Kim Kalicki (GER, 210) and Christine de Bruin (CAN, 200)

For more detailed information including athlete profiles and results please visit ibsf.org. Photos for editorial use can be found at Flickr. ©RWH2021

Photos: IBSF /  Viesturs Lacis

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