BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg: women’s skeleton with first victory for Tina Hermann
Winterberg (RWH) A first World Cup victory for Tina Hermann of Germany, a best ever result for fellow German Jacqueline Lölling, and a first ever podium placing for Canada’s Jane Channell: these are the results in brief of the second women’s skeleton race in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2015/2016.
After the second run in the second round of the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg (GER), Tina Hermann, who had taken fifth place in the World Championships, had a 0.40 second lead on teammate Jacqueline Lölling, who in turn celebrated her second podium placing in her second World Cup race and also her best result to date before a home audience. Lölling was followed onto the podium by Jane Channell in third. This was Channell’s first podium placing in the BMW IBSF World Cup after a fourth place in last winter’s World Championships.
In the same race, Elena Nikitina of Russia posted a new women’s skeleton push-start record of 5.17 seconds on the Winterberg ice track. The Olympic bronze medallist then finished 13th. In the second run, Marina Gilardoni of Switzerland got off to the fastest run, improving her placing from twelfth to eighth.
After the second of eight races in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2015/2016, Tina Hermann of Germany continues to head the overall rankings with 435 points. Laura Deas of Great Britain, who won the opening race and came fourth in Winterberg, is in second with 417 points. Jacqueline Lölling of German is overall third with 410 points.
The complete list of results showing all race times, overall times, and the current world cup rankings can be found at ibsf.org, via Twitter (@IBSFsliding), as well as on the official IBSF website and in the IBSF group on Facebook.
Tina Hermann (GER, overall third in the 2014/2015 World Cup, fifth in the 2015 World Championships)
“The first World Cup victory is liberating. Unbelievable. Now I know that I can also make two good runs.”
Jacqueline Lölling (GER, gold in the 2012 Youth Olympic Games, silver in the 2015 World championships)
“It’s always extra special if your family and friends are beside the track. I could have done better in the first run. One day I want to be right at the top of the podium.”
Jane Channell (CAN, fourth in the 2015 World Championships, overall fourteenth in the 2014/2015 World Cup)
“When I realised I’d made it onto the podium I was overwhelmed, even though I knew I could do it. The first run was a bit foggy, but it cleared up in the second run. I took advantage of that.”