BOBSLED: Three U.S. Sleds Slide into Top Ten in St. Moritz Women's Bobsled World Cup

Jan. 26, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland-Three U.S. sleds slid to a top ten finish in the women's bobsled World Cup competition in St. Moritz, Switzerland today. Shauna Rohbock (Orem, Utah) drove USA I into sixth, Jamia Jackson (Lake City, Fla.) finished eighth, while Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) finished closely behind in ninth. Rohbock and Valerie Fleming (Foster City, Calif.) teamed as USA I, pushed a start time of 5.69 seconds, fourth fastest of the first heat. The duo slid a first run time of 1:08.85 seconds, putting them in sixth position leading into the second heat. Driving in only her second World Cup event, Jackson piloted USA III into seventh position after the first heat with a time of 1:08.89 seconds. Jackson teamed with first year brakewoman Mickie Rzepka (Novi, Mich.) for a push time of 5.79 seconds. Pac competed in her first World Championship event as a driver in St. Moritz last season, bursting onto the scene by finishing eighth. Teamed with Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) today, USA II pushed a 5.78 start time in the first heat for a run of 1:09.11, ranking the team eighth entering the second heat. The three American sleds finished the first heat only 0.26 seconds from each other, sitting sixth, seventh and eighth. Pac was the first of the American sleds to take her second heat. Pushing a consistent 5.77 start time with Azevedo, Pac piloted USA II to a ninth place result with a second run of 1:09.34 for a total time of 2:18.45. Jackson and Rzepka, both World Cup rookies, pushed a 5.84 for a run of 1:09.41. Jackson drove the team to a two-run total of 2:18.30 for an eighth place finish. Rohbock and Fleming, 2007 World Championship bronze medalists in St. Moritz, pushed a 5.70 start time in the second heat. Rohbock posted similar split times to her first run until the last interval, finishing with a time of 1:09.08 seconds. The team maintained their sixth place standing, finishing with a total time of 2:17.93. Reigning Olympic and World Champion Sandra Kiriasis claimed her fourth World Cup victory today. Piloting GER I with brakewoman Romy Logsch, Kiriasis slid a two-run total of 2:16.30 after runs of 1:08.19 and 1:08.11. The second German sled of Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer took silver behind their teammates after runs of 1:08.38 and 1:08.08 for a total of 2:16.46. Canadians Helen Upperton and Heather Moyse moved into third after breaking the track record in their final run with a time of 1:08.06 seconds. The duo took bronze with a combined time of 2:16.65 after a first run of 1:08.59, finishing 0.40 seconds from the lead. The four-man bobsled competition will take place in St. Moritz tomorrow at 3 am EST. Check out the action LIVE and On-Demand on NBCOlympics.com. 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) 2:16.30 (1:08.19, 1:08.11); 2. Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer (GER II) 2:16.46 (1:08.38, 1:08.08); 3. Helen Upperton and Heather Moyse (CAN I) 2:16.46 (1:08.59, 1:08.06);_6. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming (USA I) 2:17.93 (1:08.85, 1:09.08);_8. Jamia Jackson and Mickie Rzepka (USA III) 2:18.30 (1:08.89, 1:09.41); 9. Erin Pac and Emily Azevedo (USA II) 2:18.45 (1:09.11, 1:09.34); 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, CW-X, KBC Helmets, ULU Boots, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Speedo and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.
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