BOBSLED: Two U.S. Teams in the Hunt for Medals in Women's Bobsled World Championships
ALTENBERG, Germany-Shauna Rohbock (Orem, Utah) and Valerie Fleming (Foster City, Calif.) are in the hunt for the medals, finishing day one of women's bobsled World Championships in Altenberg, Germany in fourth position. Teammates Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) and Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) are sitting closely behind in sixth going into the final day of competition."To have two of our drivers in the top six after the first day in World Championships is great,"said Sepp Plozza, women's bobsled head coach."We are not far away from medaling tomorrow."Rohbock and Fleming pushed times of 5.99 and 5.96 for runs of 57.93 and 58.08, respectively. The 2006 Olympic silver medalists finished the first day of World Championships in fourth with a two-run total of 1:56.01."Shauna was close to third today, but missed it from a small driving mistake,"Plozza said."She has the chance to make it up tomorrow, even though it will be hard against the Germans on their home track."Pac and Meyers will enter tomorrow's final two heats in sixth position after sliding runs of 58.22 and 58.35 for a two-run total of 1:56.60. The duo again proved their strength on the starting line, pushing times of 5.90 and 5.89."This is Erin's first time sliding this track,"Plozza said."I'm very impressed with her driving today, and the team had very strong pushes."In their World Championship debut, Jamia Jackson (Lake City, Fla.) and Mickie Rzepka (Novi, Mich.) will enter the final day of competition in 14th position after runs of 58.98 and 58.72. The duo pushed times of 6.17 and 6.09, and will look to move into the top ten tomorrow."This is Altenberg, so anything can happen,"Plozza said."It's not over until the fourth run, so we will see what happens tomorrow."The Germans are in position for a sweep on their home track, entering tomorrow's competition in all three-podium positions. Sandra Kiriasis and Romy Logsch lead by 0.08 seconds with two-run total of 1:55.06 after runs of 57.37 and 57.69. Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer are currently in second with a time of 1:55.14 (57.44, 57.70), with teammates Claudia Schramm and Nicole Hershmann in third with a two-run total of 1:55.51 (57.67, 57.84). The World Championship title will be decided tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 16 in the final two heats of women's bobsled competition. Don't miss the action LIVE on NBCOlympics.com at 8:30 am EST. For complete results of today's race, please visit www.bobsleigh.com, the Web site of the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT). Results: 1. Sandra Kiriasis and Romy Logsch (GER I) 1:55.06 (57.37, 57.69); 2. Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer (GER II) 1:55.14 (57.44m 57.70); 3. Claudia Schramm and Nicole Herschmann (GER III) 1:55.51 (57.67, 57.84); 4. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming (USA I) 1:56.01 (57.93, 58.08);_6. Erin Pac and Elana Meyers (USA II) 1:56.67 (58.22, 58.35);_14. Jamia Jackson and Mickie Rzepka (USA III) 1:57.70 (58.98, 58.72); 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.