Kim Kalicki finishes second in Winterberg ahead of World Champion Kaillie Humphries
Winterberg (RWH) 2-woman bobsleigh European Champion Laura Nolte (GER) celebrated her fourth victory of the season at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg (GER). On her home track, the Junior World Champion with push athlete Deborah Levi won the penultimate World Cup in the 2021/2022 Olympic winter with a 0.13-second lead over team-mates Kim Kalicki/Leonie Fiebig (GER). For Kalicki, the World Championships silver medallist in 2020 and 2021, it was the fifth podium finish at the sixth World Cup start of the Olympic winter.
Third place went to record World Champion Kaillie Humphries (USA), pushed by Sylvia Hoffman. The two-time Olympic Champion was 0.15 seconds behind the winning duo Nolte/Levi.
Huai MingMing/Wang Xuan from China, surprisingly in second place after the first run in Winterberg, missed the first World Cup podium for the bobsleigh team of the Olympic hosts. But five weeks before the race for gold, silver and bronze at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, Huai/Wang celebrated one of their best results in the BMW IBSF World Cup with a sixth-place finish in Winterberg.
Elana Meyers Taylor from the USA, who started in Winterberg as the overall World Cup leader, improved from eleventh place after the first run to fourth in the second run with push athlete Kaysha Love. Meyers Taylor, the 2015 and 2017 World Champion, thus defended her lead with 1321 points ahead of Laura Nolte (GER, 1286). Christine de Bruin from Canada (1272), fifth in Winterberg, will enter the World Cup final in St. Moritz (SUI, 16 January 2022) in third place overall.