Second place and first podium for Buckwitz, Kalicki defends World Cup lead with third place
Winterberg (RWH) 2-woman bobsleigh Olympic Champion Laura Nolte (GER) won the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg. For the first time with push athlete Neele Schuten, the 24-year-old on her home track celebrated the ninth World Cup victory in the 2-woman bobsleigh.
Second place went to Lisa Buckwitz/Kira Lipperheide (GER, 0.35 seconds back). For Buckwitz, Olympic Champion 2018 as push athlete of pilot Mariama Jamanka, it was the first World Cup podium as pilot.
Third place went to European Champion Kim Kalicki pushed by Leonie Fiebig (GER, 0.46 seconds back).
Kaillie Humphries of the USA, Olympic Champion in 2010 and 2014 and four times World Champion, finished fourth with Kaysha Love in Winterberg. Breeana Walker from Australia finished fifth with Sarah Blizzard and celebrated her best 2-woman bobsleigh result in the BMW IBSF World Cup.
In the overall ranking of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2022/2023 Kim Kalicki (GER, 850 points) defended her lead. Laura Nolte (GER, 837) is second overall at the World Cup half-time ahead of Kaillie Humphries (USA, 817).
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Laura Nolte (GER, 2022 Olympic Champion).
"Here in Winterberg, for the time being, no wishes have been left open. I am really satisfied and Neele did a great job. We competed together for the first time today. The World Championships can come, the form is right."
Lisa Buckwitz (GER, Olympic Champion 2018, European Champion 2022 as push athlete)
"This was a real career step for me after I was already on the podium in monobob. I'm definitely super happy. We couldn't hear each other at the top of the start because it was so loud - but all the better that there are people at the track again!"
Kim Kalicki (GER, European Champion 2022)
"Podium is always good. We have strong competition, also with the other nations. Overall, we can be satisfied."
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis