Bianca Ribi first Monobob winner in BMW IBSF World Cup, Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Cynthia Appiah second in Whistler ahead of Olympic Champion Kaillie Humphries

Whistler (RWH) Into the sports history books on her World Cup debut: Bianca Ribi (CAN) is the first World Cup winner in Women’s Monobob. After two winters as a World Series, the discipline of Women’s Monobob is part of the programme in the BMW IBSF World Cup for the first time in the 2022/2023 season - at the opening race in Whistler (CAN), Ribi won in her first World Cup start as a bobsleigh pilot.

After the first race run, the 26-year-old was in second place on her home track, one hundredth of a second behind Laura Nolte (GER). However, Nolte, Olympic fourth in the monobob, crashed shortly before the finish in Whistler and dropped back to seventh place. Behind surprise winner Bianca Ribi, team mate Cynthia Appiah (CAN, 0.27 seconds back) finished second at the Whistler Sliding Center. Olympic and World Champion Kaillie Humphries (USA) finished the first race of the season in third place, 0.29 seconds behind Bianca Ribi. 

In the overall standings for the BMW IBSF World Cup 2022/2023, Bianca Ribi (CAN, 225 points) is leading after the first of the eight races of the season, ahead of Cynthia Appiah (CAN, 210) and Kaillie Humphries (USA, 200).

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Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

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