Tina Hermann in second place ahead of Janine Flock
Winterberg (RWH) Skeleton athlete Jacqueline Lölling (GER) celebrated her first win of the season at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Winterberg. In front of a home crowd, Lölling, the Olympic silver medallist in PyeongChang, twice set the fastest time and relegated teammate Tina Hermann (GER) to second place, 0.67 seconds back. Austria’s Janine Flock finished three hundredths of a second behind (0.70 seconds back) to end her first World Cup race of the season in third.
Russia’s Elena Nikitina, who won the season opener, was second after her first run in Winterberg but ultimately missed out on a podium finish by 0.01 seconds, finishing fourth.
Sophia Griebel (GER) staged an impressive fightback, climbing from 13th after the first run to finish sixth.
European Champion Elena Nikitina (RUS, 417 points) retains her lead in the overall standings of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2018/2019 just ahead of Tina Hermann (GER, 410). Defending World Cup holder Jacqueline Lölling (GER, 409) goes into the next race lying third overall.
Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2018
Jacqueline Lölling (GER, Olympic silver medallist 2018 + overall winner of the World Cup in 2017 and 2018):
“At the moment I’m really happy that I got two good runs. That was the best response to my mistake at the first World Cup in Sigulda. I’m really touched to see so many people here to support me at the track today.”
Tina Hermann (GER, World Champion, European Champion, overall World Cup winner 2016)
“I hope I can keep this up. The next stop is our home World Cup in Altenberg, where we need to fight for a podium finish again.”
Janine Flock (AUT, European Champion in 2014 and 2016, overall winner of the World Cup in 2015)
“That’s racing – it’s exciting when things get close. The World Cup is always like that with strong athletes like Jacka, Tina and Elena. I’m losing a bit of time at the start, so that’s what I’m working on in athletic training.”
28 Feb 2020
Swiss skeleton athlete Marina Gilardoni on course for World Championship gold half-way through the action