Australian Breeana Walker second ahead of Canada's Cynthia Appiah
Altenberg (RWH) Elana Meyers Taylor from the USA celebrated her third victory in the fourth race of the Women's Monobob World Series at the BMW IBSF World Cup 2021/2022 in Winterberg (GER). The oldest athlete in the starting field (37 years old) set a new start record (5.78 seconds) and track record (58.88 seconds). The new record is 0.64 seconds below the previous track record.
After two race runs, the US pilot was 0.23 seconds ahead of second place. This went to Breeana Walker (AUS) in Winterberg. In the first race run, the Australian was the first monobob pilot in Winterberg to set a time under 59 seconds and started the second run as the leader.
Third place in Winterberg went to Cynthia Appiah from Canada, who celebrated her second podium in a row after second place in Altenberg.
World Championship bronze medallist Laura Nolte (GER), who has been on the podium in all five monobob starts during BMW IBSF World Cup so far, missed the podium in Winterberg this time by five hundredths of a second in fourth place.
2-woman bobsleigh Olympic Champion Mariama Jamanka finished seventh in Winterberg, her best result in the World Series so far. Jamanka was fourth at the 2021 BMW IBSF World Championships and won the Olympic test at the Yanqing Sliding Center (CHN) in October.
Monobob specialist Karlien Sleper from the Netherlands, who in the Olympic season competes for the first time on the women's monobob World Cup circuit, celebrated her third top ten result in her third race with a tenth-place finish. At the beginning of the season, the 28-year-old had finished second twice in Lillehammer in the IBSF Europe Cup.
Monobob World Champion Kaillie Humphries from the USA, winner in Altenberg (GER) a week earlier, finished 13th in the Women's Monobob World Series at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg.
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.
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis