First World Cup victory for Skeleton Olympic Champion Hannah Neise, Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Hallie Clarke and Brogan Crowley tied for second in Whistler

Whistler (RWH) Skeleton Olympic Champion Hannah Neise (GER) started the new season with her first World Cup victory. At the start of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2022/2023, the 22-year-old stood on the podium for the first time - and right at the top.

After the first race run at the Whistler Sliding Center (CAN), Hannah Neise was still in second place, behind the surprising leader Hallie Clarke. At her World Cup debut, the US athlete had left all the reigning title holders behind her, including World Champion Tina Hermann (GER, sixth place) and defending World Cup Champion and European Champion Kimberley Bos (NED, fifth place). In the second race run, however, the 18-year-old dropped one place to second (0.18 seconds back) and celebrated the best placing by a US athlete since January 2017: back then Kendall Wesenberg also finished second in St. Moritz.

Tied with Hallie Clarke, Brogan Crowley (GBR) finished second in Whistler. The British athlete set a start record in the second race run (4.74 seconds) and celebrated her first podium finish in the World Cup.

Local hero Jane Channell (CAN), third after the first run in Whistler, dropped back to eighth place in the second run, one place behind team mate Mirela Rahneva.

In the overall ranking of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2022/2023 Hannah Neise (GER, 225 points) leads ahead of Hallie Clarke (USA) and Brogan Crowley (GBR) with 210 points each. ©RWH2022

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