Hannah Neise and Evgeniy Rukosuev Junior World Champions in Skeleton Sport
St. Moritz (RWH) Hannah Neise (GER) in women's skeleton and Evgeniy Rukosuev (RUS) in men's skeleton are the 2021 Junior World Champions.
At the Olympic Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina (SUI), skeleton athlete Hannah Neise from Germany secured the title for the first time. This also comes with a personal starting right at the 2021 BMW IBSF World Championships in Altenberg (GER) at the beginning of February. As in the previous year, silver went to team mate Susanne Kreher (GER). Ashley Pittaway from Great Britain, the 2016 Youth Olympic Champion, won the bronze medal in St. Moritz.
For the first time, titles and medals were also awarded in the U20 classification at the IBSF World Junior Championships 2021 for skeleton athletes. The first U20 World Champion is Youth Olympic Champion Anastasiia Tsyganova (RUS), silver was won by Stefanie Votz (GER) ahead of Swiss local hero Jill Gander with bronze.
In men's skeleton, the junior World Championship title and World Championship starting place went to Evgeniy Rukosuev from Russia. The 2016 Youth Olympic Champion edged out the previous leader, defending champion Felix Keisinger (GER), for second place in the second race run. Bronze went to Samuel Maier from Austria.
U20 World Champion was the 2020 Youth Olympic Champion: Lukas Nydegger (GER) took the title ahead of the same-time athletes Livio Summermatter from the Swiss home team and Elvis Veinbergs from Latvia. In a very similar way, the three athletes also stood on the podium in St. Moritz a year ago at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games: Veinbergs and Summermatter finished second and third behind winner Nydegger. ©RWH2021
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