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Skeleton athlete Bos with track record to first World Cup win for the Netherlands; Photo: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

World Champion Tina Hermann second in Winterberg ahead of Mirela Rahneva

Winterberg (RWH) Kimberley Bos is the first Dutch skeleton athlete to win a race of the BMW IBSF World Cup. Already in the first race run in Winterberg (GER), last year's overall World Cup bronze medallist was the first athlete to set a time under 57 seconds. In the second race run she again set the best time and improved the track record in Winterberg by more than half a second to 56.70 seconds. Kimberley Bos has been on the podium in three of the four World Cups in the Olympic winter.

World Champion Tina Hermann (GER, 0.25 seconds back) came in second in Winterberg BMW IBSF World Cup.

Canada's Mirela Rahneva (0.29 seconds back), overall World Cup bronze medallist in 2017 and 2019, in Winterberg celebrated her first podium finish in almost two years. She last stood on the podium in January 2020, then in second place and also in Winterberg.

Winterberg local Jacqueline Lölling, 2017 World Champion and three-time overall World Cup winner, missed her first podium finish in the Olympic winter by just three hundredths of a second. However, for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic silver medallist, fourth place was the best result in the 2021/2022 BMW IBSF World Cup - as was fifth for US athlete Katie Uhlaender, the 2012 World Champion.

European Champion Elena Nikitina (RUS), ranked 14th after the first race run in Winterberg, improved her own four-year-old start record to 5.07 seconds in the second run. With the second-best run time, she moved up to sixth place.

Kimberley Bos (NED, 821 points) extended her lead in the overall ranking of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2021/2022. Elena Nikitina (RUS, 762) is second overall ahead of Tina Hermann (GER, 723).

For more detailed information including athlete profiles and World Cup results please visit ibsf.org. Photos for editorial use can be found at Flickr. ©RWH2021

Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

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