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Tina Hermann ends 2018/2019 BMW IBSF World Cup with her first win of the season

Calgary (RWH): The skeleton athlete Elena Nikitina has become the first ever Russian to win the overall BMW IBSF World Cup. At the season finale in Calgary (CAN), the 2014 Olympic bronze medallist finished fifth to achieve the highest number of points (1663) and take home the Crystal Globe trophy along with the overall title.

Tina Hermann of Germany finished first in the last of the season’s eight World Cup races. The 2016 World Champion finished the World Cup season with her first victory since January 2017, which also meant she secured second place in the overall standings (1597 points).

Local hero Mirela Rahneva of Canada, who won the first race in Calgary, finished second this time around (0.13 seconds back), pushing her up to third place in the overall standings for the 2018/2019 BMW IBSF World Cup with 1396 points.

Laura Deas of the UK, who won the bronze medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, finished third in Calgary (0.29 seconds back) for her first World Cup podium finish of the post-Olympic season.

World Champion Jacqueline Lölling of Germany was unable to compete in Calgary for family reasons. The defending title holder, who was in second place overall ahead of the races in Calgary, was therefore unable to repeat last year’s victory and ended the 2018/2019 skeleton World Cup season in fifth place.

Further information, the World Cup results and the latest overall standings are available at ibsf.org. ©RWH2019

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