European Champion Flock second in Lake Placid ahead of World Champion Hermann
Lake Placid (RWH): The German skeleton athlete Jacqueline Lölling, the 2019 World Championship silver medallist, has won the first race in the 2019/2020 BMW IBSF World Cup. The overall winner of the 2017 and 2018 World Cup celebrated her tenth World Cup win of her career in Lake Placid (USA).
The European Champion Janine Flock of Austria (0.24 seconds back) finished second in Lake Placid, followed by the World Champion Tina Hermann (GER, 0.71 seconds back) in third at the World Cup opener.
Despite achieving the best starting times in the field as is so often the case, the defending World Cup winner, Elena Nikitina of Russia, finished ninth in the first heat but managed to fight her way up to fifth by achieving the third best time in the second heat. Just 0.08 seconds separated the Olympic bronze medallist from a spot on the podium.
The best result for a US athlete racing in front of a home crowd in Lake Placid was sixth place for Kendall Wesenburg.
Jacqueline Lölling (GER, 225 points) currently leads the overall standings in the 2019/2020 BMW IBSF World Cup, followed by Janine Flock (AUT, 210) and Tina Hermann (GER, 200).