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For Immediate Release
January 15, 2009
Two U.S. Sleds Finish in Women’s Bobsled World Cup Top Ten
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland–The women’s bobsled World Cup tour continued on the 1928 and 1949 Olympic track in St. Moritz, Switzerland today as the make-up race for the cancelled event in Cesana, Italy. The U.S. entered two sleds into the competition, and both placed in the top ten.
Shauna Rohbock (Park City, Utah) teamed with Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) in today’s make-up race for a sixth place finish with a total time of two minutes, 18.20 seconds. The U.S. pair pushed identical starts of 5.88 seconds for runs of 1:09.29 and 1:08.91.
Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) and push athlete Michelle Rzepka (Novi, Mich.) slid across the finish line with a two-run total of 2:19.17 after clocking runs of 1:09.57 and 1:09.60. Pac and Rzepka pushed a first run start time of 5.87 seconds, and responded in the second heat with the fastest start of the competition, 5.82 seconds.
Reigning Olympic and World Cup champion Sandra Kiriasis won her fifth-consecutive medal today in as many races with teammate Berit Wiacker. The German duo slid a combined time of 2:17.34 after crossing the finish line in 1:08.75 and 1:08.59. Germans Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer claimed their third medal of the season, finishing second after sliding runs of 1:08.85 and 1:08.51 for a total time of 2:17.36.
In third were Nicola Minichiello and Jackie Gunn from Great Britain, who have been consistently placing in the top ten this season, inching closer to the podium each race. The British duo crossed the finish with a combined time of 2:17.70 after tying Kiriasis in the first heat with a run of 1:08.75, and sliding a second run of 1:08.95.
The team was unavailable for comment as they prepare equipment to compete again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 16 for the scheduled World Cup race in St. Moritz. Visit www.UniversalSports.com to watch the U.S. navigate their way down the 1,700-meter course.
Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing at www.fibt.com. For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Sandra Kiriasis and Berit Wiacker (GER) 2:17.34 (1:08.75, 1:08.59); 2. Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer (GER) 2:17.36 (1:08.85, 1:08.51); 3. Nicola Minichiello and Jackie Gunn (GBR) 2:17.70 (1:08.75, 1:08.95);…6. Shauna Rohbock and Elana Meyers (USA) 2:18.20 (1:09.29, 1:08.91);…9. Erin Pac and Michelle Rzepka (USA) 2:19.17 (1:09.57, 1:09.60);
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