Cynthia Appiah in second place ahead of Laura Nolte, Meyers Taylor defends overall lead
Altenberg (RWH) Monobob World Champion Kaillie Humphries from the USA celebrated her first victory in the Women's Monobob World Series in the 2021/2022 Olympic season. At the BMW IBSF World Cup in Altenberg (GER), she narrowly beat Cynthia Appiah from Canada (0.06 seconds behind) to second place. After the first race run, the Canadian was still in the lead and celebrated her first podium finish in the World Series.
Both athletes have a common history in bobsleigh: Appiah was a push athlete for Humphries when she was still competing for Canada. Almost five years ago to the day, on 3 December 2016, they took the World Cup victory in the 2-woman bobsleigh in Whistler (CAN).
Third place went to World Championships bronze medallist Laura Nolte (GER) in Altenberg. In her five monobob starts during BMW IBSF World Cup so far, the 23-year-old has always finished on the podium: she came third twice and second three times.
Elana Meyers Taylor from the USA, who started the season with two victories in the monobob World Series, finished sixth in Altenberg. She thus defended her overall lead with 626 points, just ahead of team-mate Kaillie Humphries (USA, 611). One point behind her is Laura Nolte (GER, 610) in third place).
At the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the women's monobob discipline will be an Olympic event for the first time. The world series will be held in all IBSF racing events in the winter of 2021/2022.