Competition Heats Up at the IBSF World Cup's Second Weekend in Altenberg
by Abby Slenker
COMPETITION HEATS UP AT THE IBSF WORLD CUP’S SECOND WEEKEND IN ALTENBERG
Photo Credit: Viesturs Lacis | IBSF
ALTENBERG, GERMANY (January 22, 2023) - The second weekend competing on the Altenberg track brought more IBSF World Cup competitions for USABS.
In Women’s Monobob, Kaillie Humphries took home gold for the second weekend in a row with a time of 2:00.61, and placed first with brakeman Kaysha Love in 2-Woman Bobsled with a time of 1:54.79. Humphries remains the overall IBSF points leader in Monobob.
“It was a good weekend,” Humphries shared about her two wins. “It was great to have Kaysha back for her first race after coming in fifth at World Junior Championships! There were some timing issues in this race, but overall we’re feeling very excited and optimistic going into World Championships [...] I am proud of Kaysha, Nicole and all of my other teammates. It really took all of us coming together this week to make this possible.”
Another highlight of the weekend was Austin Florian taking home 4th in Men’s Skeleton with a time of 1:54.86. This was Florian’s highest finish in an IBSF World Cup competition.
In other Skeleton news, Andrew Blaser placed 20th in Men’s Skeleton with his time of 1:57.40. In Women’s Skeleton, Kelly Curtis placed 7th with a 1:57.93 finish. Hallie Clarke placed 15th with a time of 1:58.64 and Kendall Wesenberg placed 18th with a time of 2:00.20.
“Altenberg always provides a challenge to all athletes,” Matt Antoine, USA Skeleton Head Coach of Performance shared about the skeleton athletes’ results. “Austin was a bit disappointed in the first week in Altenberg as the race didn’t reflect his ability. After some adjustments and really working to refine a few areas of the track, week two was fantastic. I’m really proud of how he performed and the growth that he showed on his way to his best World Cup finish. Kelly likewise showed her growth in week two and really put some areas of the track together for another great result. Ultimately, the continued willingness to learn and adjust is all I can ever ask of the team and each and every one has been open to that task this season.”
Also in Women’s bobsled news, in Monobob, Nicole Vogt placed 10th with her time of 2:04.43. In 2-Woman Bobsled, Vogt and Macy Tarlton placed 11th with a time of 1:58.61.
The action continues on January 28 in St. Moritz, Switzerland for the IBSF World Championships.
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