Christopher Grotheer for the first time overall Skeleton World Cup winner
Sigulda (RWH) With Matt Weston's (GBR) sixth victory of the season in the season finale in Sigulda, Latvia, Christopher Grotheer (GER) secured the overall victory in the BMW IBSF Skeleton World Cup for the first time. The Olympic gold medallist from Germany finished third in the British double victory to take the crystal globe trophy for the first time. After Andi Böhme (1999 and 2000) and Willi Schneider (1998), Grotheer is the third German overall winner.
Behind world and European Champion Matt Weston, his compatriot Marcus Wyatt came in second. Craig Thompson completed the excellent result of the British team in fourth place behind Grotheer. After the first run, the British trio was still in first, second and third place and with this final result on the home track of their Latvian coach Martins Dukurs would have ensured a historic success for the British team. Dukurs is the record winner in the Skeleton World Cup with ten overall victories and has been coaching the Great Britain team since the start of the season after his career ended.
Grotheer, who had won in Park City (USA) and Winterberg (GER), secured victory in the overall standings with 1,656 points. Weston, who had finished 18th at the World Cup in Park City, had to settle for 1,605 points and second place. Third overall was team-mate Wyatt, who overtook his rival Axel Jungk (GER) at the finish line and completed the podium with a lead of 53 points over Jungk.
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