THE SECOND WEEKEND OF THE IBSF WORLD CUP BRINGS MORE COMPETITION
by Abby Slenker
ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND (February 5, 2023) - The second weekend of competition at the IBSF World Championships brought more tough competition and inspiring performances from USABS athletes.
In 2-Women Bobsled, Kaillie Humphries once again made history within sliding sports as she and Kaysha Love earned a 3rd-place finish with a time of 4:33.37 after four runs, marking Humphries’ eighth World Championships podium finish in 2-Woman Bobsled, the most won by any female pilot in the history of the sport.
“I am proud- I think today we had much better starts. I know flip-flopping between being a pilot and brakeman must be very challenging for Kaysha, but luckily our timing and everything else just really came together well today [...] we were able to stay consistent, and that is what earned us a podium position!” Humphries shared about her monumental finish with teammate Love.
About this historical performance Love, herself also shared, “These World Championship races really come down to consistency, and Kaillie and I were consistent out there! We gave it our absolute best, and I’m very happy with how we performed.”
In Para Bobsled, the U.S. was again represented excellently by USABS’ incredible athletes. Will Castillo earned a podium finish for his combined run time of 4:54.69, earning him a 5th-place finish.
“I am blessed to be able to represent the U.S. in this sport. I could not do it without my coach and teammates.” Castillo shared about his excellent performance.
In other bobsledding news, Nicole Vogt and Jasmine Jones placed 12th in 2-Woman Bobsled with a combined time of 4:37.00. Riley Compton and Emily Renna came in 17th with a time of 4:39.68. In Para Bobsled, Bob Balk placed 9th with his finish of 4:54.96 and Austin Parker placed 16th with his time of 4:57.68. In 4-Man Bobsled, Geoffrey Gadbois, Carsten Vissering, Freddie Harris, and Paul Rabic placed 18th with their final time of 4:26.42. Team Frankie Del Duca was unfortunately unable to compete this weekend due to injury.
Although the World Championships may be over, the sliding season is far from finished. The IBSF World Cup will resume on February 11 in Innsbruck, Austria.
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