Ice Skating: Skeleton double win at Lake Placid

Skeleton World Champion Tina Hermann (Königssee) and Junior World Champion Susanne Kreher (Oberbärenburg) ensured a German double victory at the World Cup in Lake Placid (USA).

30-year-old Hermann, who was second in the race in Park City, secured first place, a strong 0.31 seconds ahead of Kreher. Third place went to Kelly Curtis (USA), 0.02 seconds back.

Olympic champion Hannah Neise (Winterberg), last week named Sportswoman of the Year in North Rhine-Westphalia, finished sixth and lost the lead in the overall World Cup to Hermann, who now has 611 points. In the third World Cup race of the season, the German women placed third and fourth on the podium.

Grotheer again on the podium
In the men’s race, Olympic champion Christopher Grotheer landed on the podium again at the end of the World Cup year. The 30-year-old from Oberhof took second place thanks to an improvement in the second run and benefited from problems in the competition; only Brit Matt Weston was 0.16 seconds faster. Third was Seunggi Jung (South Korea), who took the lead in the overall World Cup with 620 points just ahead of Grotheer (619).

In heavy snowfall in the US state of New York, several drivers stumbled in the final round, Grotheer and teammate Axel Jungk (Oberbärenburg) benefited from this. The Olympic bronze medalist in Beijing defended fifth place, which he had occupied at the same time as Grotheer after the first run.

Felix Keisinger (Königssee), who narrowly missed out on the podium in fourth place in Utah, finished eighth in Lake Placid and ensured that all three Germans made it into the top 10 at the third attempt.

The fourth of eight World Cup races of the season is not on the program until the new year. After three competitions in North America so far, the World Cup returns to Winterberg on January 6th.

Weidle overcomes himself after a fall

Weidle overcomes himself after a fall

Vice World Champion Kira Weidle overcame her painful injuries after a spectacular training fall in the Alpine World Cup downhill run in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

The 26-year-old competed in the surprise victory of Swiss rider Priska Nufer on Sunday. The fact that Weidle finished 25th was secondary.

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The Olympic fourth-placed athlete had to do without the race on Saturday due to severe neck pain and bruises on her shins. Weidle had a bad fall in the final training session on Friday.

Hütter falls heavily
Nufer, who had never been on the podium in her career, won the race just 0.11 seconds ahead of Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic) and Italy’s Sofia Goggia (+0.23). Weidle was 1.80 seconds behind.

The three-time Olympic champion Ledecka won the downhill on Saturday ahead of Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway) and Cornelia Hütter (Austria). Hütter fell heavily on Sunday while lying in a promising position at the finish jump.

The all-rounder Ledecka had won gold in the parallel giant slalom of the snowboarders in Beijing for the second time after 2018. On the other hand, she was unable to repeat her sensational victory in the Super-G of the alpine ski racers in Pyeongchang.