Canadians Rahneva and Channell in second and third in St. Moritz
St. Moritz (RWH) Skeleton athlete Susanne Kreher (GER), 2022 Junior World Champion, is the half-time leader at the BMW IBSF World Championships 2023 on the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina (SUI). Kreher, who has been part of the German World Cup team since the beginning of the season, laid the foundation with best time in the first race run. After two of the four World Cup races, the 24-year-old is 0.39 seconds ahead of Canada's Mirela Rahneva. 0.50 seconds behind the leader Kreher, Jane Channell (CAN) is in third place at the World Cup half-time.
Fourth currently is Olympic bronze medallist Kimberley Bos from the Netherlands ahead of defending World Champion Tina Hermann (GER). Janine Flock of Austria, ninth after the first run in St. Moritz, set a season's best time on the Olympia Bobrun (1:08.11 minutes) in the second run and is sixth ahead of the final day.
Olympic and junior world champion Hannah Neise is in 13th place in the intermediate ranking of the World Championships.
Susanne Kreher (GER, 2022 World Junior Champion, 2023 European Championship bronze).
"In fact, my rides were not as good as in training. That I was nevertheless so good in terms of times and speed makes me very happy. I couldn't stand better for the time being and I will try to continue tomorrow."
Mirela Rahneva (CAN, currently second in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2022/2023)
"I was a bit nervous on the first heat so a mistake here and there cost a bit of time. But I had a really good second run, I was able to gather my thoughts, fix some of the mistakes and took up a couple of spots. That was really fun. So excited to see Canada sitting two-three with Jane after the first day.“
Jane Channel (CAN, 2015 World Cup fourth, 2016 overall World Cup third).
"I'm really happy with how it went today, in the past I never really jived with this track. Still, it's a two-day race, so for now I'm going to rest a bit, prepare the sled and start fresh again tomorrow."Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis