BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg: First ever European Championships gold for Jacqueline Lölling
Winterberg (RWH): World Cup win for Elisabeth Vathje of Canada and European Championship gold for Jacqueline Lölling of Germany: Elisabeth Vathje celebrated her second win of the season at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg (GER). In the race, which was reduced to a single run following heavy snowfall, the 2015 World Championship bronze medallist managed to gain a 0.10 second lead on Jacqueline Lölling (GER), who achieved her first European Championship title after finishing second in the World Cup. Third place at the World Cup in Winterberg went to Mirela Rahneva of Canada (0.12 seconds behind).
The silver medal in the European Championships was awarded to defending champion Janine Flock of Austria, while World Champion Tina Hermann (GER) secured third place.
Kimberly Bos of the Netherlands finished seventh in the BMW IBSF World Cup and fifth in the European Championships in Winterberg to secure her best results in both events.
Jacqueline Lölling now has 829 points in the overall standings for the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup, extending her lead over Janine Flock (AUT, 753). At the season’s halfway point following four of eight races, Tina Hermann is now third overall. ©RWH2016-2017
Jacqueline Lölling (GER, runner-up in the 2015 World Championships, overall runner-up in the 2016 World Cup)
“Amazing! The atmosphere at the start line was incredible, it really pushed me to do my best. Because there was just one run today, it was really all or nothing. I tried to stay relaxed and just enjoy the race here at home.”
Elisabeth Vathje (CAN, third place in the 2015 World Championships)
“I love coming to Winterberg. I had an inkling that I could win here today, even though Jacqueline is incredible on this track. It wasn’t an easy race today, but skeleton is a winter sport after all.”
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