BOBSLED: Rohbock and Fleming Sixth in Women's Bobsled World Cup; Jackson Posts Second Top-Ten Result
KOENIGSSEE, Germany- 2006 Olympic silver medalists Shauna Rohbock (Orem, Utah) and Valerie Fleming (Foster City, Calif.) finished sixth today in the women's bobsled World Cup competition in Koenigssee, Germany. Jamia Jackson (Lake City, Fla.) competed in only her third World Cup race today, posting her second top-ten result."The Germans are very hard to beat on the German tracks,"said Sepp Plozza, U.S. women's bobsled coach."Shauna and Valerie lost the podium in the first heat. They had a slow push time, and we don't really know why. They felt good, but the speed was not there for some reason. They were much faster in the second heat, but it wasn't enough to catch up."The Germans proved to be aggressive on their home track, sweeping the podium today. The difference between third and sixth place was only 0.07 seconds, making today an exciting and competitive race. Rohbock and Fleming finished the first heat tied for seventh after pushing a start time of 5.43 seconds and sliding a down time of 51.10 seconds. The team improved their start in the second heat, pushing a 5.38, finishing the run in 50.98 seconds, third fastest of the heat. Moving up one position, USA I finished sixth with a combined time of 1:42.13. Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer claimed gold today on their home track with a total time of 1:41.09 after sliding the two fastest times of the competition, 50.58 and 50.51. Reigning Olympic Champion Sandra Kiriasis teamed with Berit Wiacker for the silver medal, sliding a two-run total of 1:41.33 after runs of 50.80 and 50.53. The third German sled piloted by Claudia Schramm moved up one position after the first heat to claim bronze. Teamed with Nicole Herschamm, Schramm finished with a total time of 1:42.01 after sliding runs of 50.90 and 51.11. 2007 America's Cup Champion Jackson made her World Cup debut in Cesana, Italy, and posted her first top-ten result last week in St. Moritz after finishing eighth. Teamed with Mickie Rzepka (Novi, Mich.), Jackson competed in only her third World Cup competition today. Jackson and Rzepka pushed consistent times of 5.47 and 5.46 in the two-heat competition, finishing tenth after runs of 51.35 and 51.15 for a total time of 1:42.50."Jamia did very well in her third World Cup race,"Plozza said."She will compete in the team competition on Sunday before going to Igls, Austria for the Junior World Championships."Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) teamed with rookie brakewoman Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Fla.) to push start times of 5.32 and 5.36, second and fourth fastest of the day, respectively. The team slid runs of 51.75 and 51.85 for a combined time of 1:43.60, placing them 17th."The push bar did not go in once the team loaded,"Plozza said."Not only was it not too good for aerodynamics, but Erin lost her focus because of this, which I understand."The U.S. women's bobsled team will compete in the World Cup finale next week from Feb. 4-10. Don't miss the action LIVE and On-Demand on NBCOlympics.com, courtesy of MediaZone. Check out the races for only $4.99, and find out more about bobsled, skeleton and luge, the fastest sports on ice. For complete results of today's race, visit www.bobsleigh.com, the Web site of the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT). Results: 1. Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer (GER II) 1:41.09 (50.58, 50.51); 2. Sandra Kirasis and Berit Wiacker (GER I) 1:41.33 (50.80, 50.53); 3. Claudia Schramm and Nicole Herschmann (GER III) 1:42.01 (50.11, 51.11);_6. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming (USA I) 1:42.08 (51.10, 50.98);_10. Jamia Jackson and Mickie Rzepka (USA III) 1:42.50 (51.35, 51.15);_17. Erin Pac and Elana Meyers (USA II) 1:43.60 (51.75, 51.85); About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Columbia Sportswear Company, Speedo, CW-X, KBC Helmets, ULU Boots, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Lumber Liquidators and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.