USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Mar 07 Intercontinental Cup Tour Finale in Konigssee, Germany

Feb. 07, 2009, 6:35 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager
(518) 523-1842, ext 106, abird@usbsf.com

For Immediate Release
February 7, 2009

 Intercontinental Cup Tour Finale in Konigssee, Germany

KONIGSSEE, Germany- The 2008-09 skeleton Intercontinental Cup tour wrapped up today in Konigssee, Germany. Annie O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) led the U.S. women with a ninth place finish, while Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.) was the highest finisher in the men's field with a tenth place result.

"This race was a great way to end the Intercontinental Cup circuit," said O'Shea. "I had a rough start to my year and I didn't feel like I was really myself until recently. I learned so much more about sliding and I am already excited to take it to next year and see where I go."

O'Shea slid across the finish with a combined time of one minute, 40.81 seconds for ninth place. The junior athlete pushed start times of 5.14 and 5.15 for runs of 50.23 and 50.58 seconds, respectively.

Germany's Sarah Sartor once again claimed gold on one of her home tracks with a total time of 1:39.30 after sliding runs of 49.51 and 49.79. German teammate Katharina Heinz slid a silver medal performance after sliding heats of 49.78 and 49.70 for a two-run total of 1:39.48. Eiko Nakayama from Japan claimed the final podium position, finishing third with a combined time of 1:39.54 after sliding to the finish in 49.69 and 49.85 seconds.

Kimber Gabryszak (Park City, Utah) slid a first run time of 51.90 seconds, placing the rookie Intercontinental Cup slider in 21st position. International rules only grant the top 21 sleds a second run.

In the men's field, Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.) was the highest U.S. finisher in tenth with a combined time of 1:38.15. Smith pushed start times of 4.99 and 4.98 for runs of 49.33 and 48.82 seconds, respectively.

"I gained confidence during the second half of the season," said Smith. "I've tried to view the entire second half in terms of how much I can learn for next year. Even though I wasn't able to put two good runs together today, I learned a lot this week and look forward to bringing those things to the table next year."

Stokes Aitken (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished just outside of the top ten in 12th with a two-run totoal of 1:38.30. Aitken pushed start times of 4.93 and 4.90 seconds for runs of 49.40 and 48.90.

Veteran slider Adam Pengilly from Great Britain claimed gold with a combined time of 1:36.29 after crossing the finish line in 48.23 and 48.06 seconds. Finishing second was Alexander Gaszner from Germany with a total time of 1:36.36 (48.14, 48.22). David Lingman, also from Germany, slid to the finish with a two-run tota of 1:36.49 to claim bronze after sliding runs of 48.40 and 48.09 seconds.

Kyle Tress (Trenton, N.J.) pushed off the starting block in 4.84 seconds for a run of 49.79, placing him in 21st position.

Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing at http://www.fibt.com/. For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or abird@usbsf.com.

Results
Women's Skeleton:
1. Sarah Sartor (GER) 1:39.30 (49.51, 49.79); 2. Katharina Heinz (GER) 1:39.48 (49.78, 49.70); 3. Eiko Nakayama (JPN) 1:39.54 (49.69, 49.85);...9. Annie O'Shea (USA) 1:40.81 (50.23, 50.58);...21. Kimber Gabryszak (USA) (51.90, DNS);

Men's Skeleton:
1. Adam Pengilly (GBR) 1:36.29 (48.23, 48.06); 2. Alexander Gaszner (GER) 1:36.36 (48.14, 48.22); 3. David Lingman (GER) 1:36.49 (48.40, 48.09);...10. Caleb Smith (USA) 1:38.15 (49.33, 48.82);...12. Stokes Aitken (USA) 1:38.30 (49.40, 48.90);...21. Kyle Tress (USA) (49.79, DNS);

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, Vilter Manufacturing, KBC Helmets, Luminox Watch Company, ULU Boots and Ferris Mfg. Corp. The USBSF would also like to thank the following sponsors and suppliers for their partner, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project: Whelen Engineering, PPG, Columbia Sportswear, JEGS Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools, EXA, Lumber Liquidators, Lincoln Electronics and Racing Electronics. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org/.
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