Vathje and Rahneva finish on World Cup podium, Lölling takes European Championship silver ahead of Flock
Innsbruck (RWH): Skeleton athlete Elena Nikitina of Russia has won the race at the fifth stop in the 2017/2018 BMW IBSF World Cup in Innsbruck (AUT). The Russian therefore secured the title of European Champion as the race counted for both events.
Nikitina shared the World Cup podium in Innsbruck with Team Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje (0.58 seconds back) and Mirela Rahneva (0.64 seconds back). Silver in the European Championships went to World Champion Jacqueline Lölling of Germany, who finished fourth in the World Cup. Local hero Janine Flock of Austria, who finished fifth in the World Cup, took bronze in the European Championships.
Jacqueline Lölling (GER, 1002 points) continues to lead the overall standings in the 2017/2018 BMW/IBSF World Cup, ahead of Elisabeth Vathje (CAN, 966). After the last World Cup race of 2017, Mirela Rahneva (CAN, 920) goes into the Olympic year in third place.
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Elena Nikitina (RUS, 2013 and 2018 European Champion)
“Innsbruck is my track! It’s short and pretty easy so it’s good for speedy starters. And I had two great heats, too!”
Elisabeth Vathje (CAN, third place in the 2015 World Championships)
“I have been fighting an infection for a while. Training in Innsbruck was a bit so, so, too. I’m really looking forward to a break now.”
Mirela Rahneva (CAN, third in the overall World Cup in 2017)
“Before the race, I definitely had my sights set on a podium finish. After coming seventh in the first heat, I really tried to concentrate and visualise the track. Of course, I knew from last year that I can race well here!”
Janine Flock (AUT, 2014 and 2016 European Champion)
“The visibility in the fog was really bad. I had to rely on my instincts. I didn’t have any problems with my knee so I’m pleased with that.”
Photo: IBSF/Viesturs Lacis
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