BOBSLED: Rohbock and Fleming Finish Fourth in Cortina, Italy Women's Bobsled World Cup
CORTINA, Italy-2006 Olympic silver medalists Shauna Rohbock (Orem, Utah) and Valerie Fleming (Foster City, Calif.) finished fourth today at the women's bobsled World Cup competition on the 2011 World Championship track in Cortina, Italy. Germany's reigning World Cup Champion Sandra Kiriasis dominated the competition today, winning by 0.14 seconds."Sandra usually wins Cortina by over one and half seconds,"said Sepp Plozza, women's bobsled head coach."Today the field was much closer than they have been in the past."Kiriasis, also the 2006 Olympic Champion, edged out Rohbock for the World Cup crown last season, and has continued to lead in international standings. Despite battling an illness throughout the week, Kiriasis was able to win her third consecutive gold medal today. Rohbock and Fleming tied Kiriasis and brakewoman Romy Logsch at the start in the first run with a 5.37 second push time, third fastest of the heat. Kiriasis piloted GER I into first position with a run of 54.93, fastest of the heat, while Rohbock was able to maintain their position with the third fastest time of the heat, a 55.15."Shauna and Val had pushes that were very close to the top of the field, which was good to see,"Plozza said."They are both feeling very good and are getting healthier."Rohbock and Fleming pushed just one-hundredth of a second from Germany I in the second heat with a 5.36 start time, finishing with the fifth fastest run of the heat, a 55.46, for a total time 1:50.61."Shauna had a really nice and clean first run, but the speed wasn't there,"Plozza said."In the second heat, Shauna had a big skid out of one of the big corners, which cost her time. Overall, she had good runs. The speed just wasn't there today."Germany's second team of Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer, 2007 World Championship silver medalists, were able to edge team USA I out of the medals with a total time of 1:50.34, after the fourth and third fastest runs of the competition, 55.24 and 55.10, respectively. Kiriasis claimed gold after a consistent second run of 54.92 seconds, finishing 0.14 seconds ahead of Canadians Helen Upperton and Heather Moyse. Kiriasis piloted her sled into the lead with a total time of 1:49.85. Team Canada took silver with runs of 55.04 and 54.95 for a combined time of 1:49.99. Don't miss the two-man bobsled World Cup competition in Cortina tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 12, LIVE and On-Demand on NBCOlympics.com. Coverage will begin at 3 am EST. 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. Sandra Kiriasis and Romy Logsch (GER I) 1:49.85 (54.93, 54.92); 2. Helen Upperton and Heather Moyse (CAN I) 1:49.99 (55.04, 54.95); 3. Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer (GER II) 1:50.34 (55.24, 55.10); 4. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming (USA I) 1:50.61 (55.15, 55.46); 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, ULU Boots, CW-X, KBC Helmets, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Speedo and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.