Kalicki/Fiebig second in St. Moritz ahead of Nolte/Schuten
St. Moritz (RWH) Lisa Buckwitz ahead of Kim Kalicki and Laura Nolte: This is the intermediate standings in the 2-woman bobsleigh after the first day of racing at the BMW IBSF World Championships 2023 St. Moritz-Celerina.
Lisa Buckwitz (GER) and Kira Lipperheide are on course for gold after two of the four World Championship race runs. Kim Kalicki/Leonie Fiebig (GER), the 2022 European Champions, follow 0.05 seconds behind. Olympic Champion Laura Nolte (GER, 0.14 seconds back) finished the first World Championships day of the 2-woman bobsleigh athletes with Neele Schuten in third place.
Fourth after two of the four heats in St. Moritz is defending World Champion Kaillie Humphries (USA) with Kaysha Love ahead of Swiss local heroes Melanie Hasler/Nadja Pasternack. Junior World Champions Maureen Zimmer/Lauryn Siebert (GER) are in sixth place after the first day of the World Championships.
Lisa Buckwitz (GER, winner BMW IBSF World Cup in Altenberg 2023).
"I am super happy for now. I didn't think it would go like this on the first day here. I am super happy with the start times, there were a few mistakes in the track. On the second day we race in the morning, the conditions will be different again."
Kim Kalicki (GER, 2022 European Champion, 2020 and 2021 World Championship runner-up).
"The two runs were still a bit rough, we will try to eliminate them tomorrow. I always try to fade out the ranking, I make myself relatively little stress there."
Laura Nolte (GER, 2022 Olympic Champion, 2023 European Champion, 2021 World Championship bronze medalist).
"After the crash in training we are getting better every day, but the first run was a safety run. Our second run was almost flawless. Now we'll continue to recover for now and attack fully again on the second day."
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis