Three top-10 finishes for U.S. in Igls European Cup

Dec. 09, 2013, 10:47 p.m. (ET)

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Three top-10 finishes for U.S. in Igls European Cup

IGLS, Austria (Dec. 9, 2013)- The U.S. team posted three top-10 finishes in the two-race Igls, Austria European Cup held from Dec. 7-8. The U.S. entered four development team competitors, two women and two men, in the skeleton competitions.

“I was happy to coach these up and coming U.S. European Cup athletes while I was here in Igls for the Intercontinental Cup,” said U.S. coach Brian McDonald. “It’s a tough track to beat the Europeans on because they spend an enormous amount of time training here. They are gaining valuable experience. They’ll be exciting to watch in the future.”

Meghan Sullivan (Bluemont, Va.) and Lauri Bausch (Fredonia, Wisc.) both posted ninth place finishes in the women’s races.  Bausch was ninth in the first race with a combined time of 1:51.42, followed by Sullivan in 10th (1:51.58). Sullivan clocked a two-run total of 1:50.90 to finish ninth the second day, while Bausch finished just outside the top 10 with a total time of 1:51.16 for 11th.

Anna Fernstaedt from Germany was victorious in the first competition with a combined time of 1:50.05. Her teammate, Maxi Just, was second (1:50.22), and Elina Galieva from Russia was third (1:50.45).  Just was the second day leader with a total of 1:49.63, followed by Galieve (1:49.68) and Fernstaedt (1:49.68).

Alex Ivanov (Calisle, Mass.) and Kevin McGlade (Stafford, Va.) raced for the U.S. in the men’s division. Ivanov was 19th the first day (1:49.39), and McGlade narrowly missed qualifying for a second run after finishing 21st after the first heat. McGlade bettered his time to finish 15th (1:48.53) the second day, and Ivanov was 18th (1:49.06).

Dominic Rady from Germany swept the men’s races with two-run totals of 1:46.76 and 1:46.46. German Axel Jungk earned double silver medals by clocking combined times of 1:47.04 and 1:46.56. Michael Zachrau helped Germany sweep the medals by claiming bronze day one (1:47.41), while Ruslan Sabitov from Russia was the bronze medal recipient in race two (1:46.86).

The European Cup continues in Winterberg, Germany this week, and racing resumes on Dec. 17th. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.



Women’s skeleton race #1:

1. Anna Fernstaedt (GER) 1:50.05 (54.96, 55.09); 2. Maxi Just (GER) 1:50.22 (54.97, 55.25); 3. Elina Galieva (RUS) 1:50.45 (55.10, 55.35);…9. Lauri Bausch (USA) 1:51.42 (55.54, 55.88); 10. Meghan Sullivan (USA) 1:51.58 (55.76, 55.82);

Women’s skeleton race #2:

1. Maxi Just (GER) 1:49.63 (54.76, 54.87); 2. Elina Galieva (RUS) 1:49.68 (54.80, 54.88); 2. Anna Fernstaedt (GER) 1:49.68 (54.84, 54.84);…9. Meghan Sullivan (USA) 1:50.90 (55.39, 55.51);…11. Lauri Bausch (USA) 1:51.16 (55.47, 55.69);

Men’s skeleton race #1:

1. Dominic Rady (GER) 1:46.76 (53.30, 53.46); 2. Axel  Jungk (GER) 1:47.04 (53.45, 53.59); 3. Michael Zachrau (GER) 1:47.41 (53.77, 53.64);…19. Alex Ivanov (USA) 1:49.39 (54.88, 54.51);…21. Kevin McGlade (USA) (54.89, DNS);

Men’s skeleton race #2:

1. Dominic Rady (GER) 1:46.46 (53.12, 53.34); 2. Axel Jungk (GER) 1:46.56 (53.40, 53.16); 3. Ruslan Sabitov (RUS) 1:46.86 (53.33, 53.53);…15. Kevin McGlade (USA) 1:48.53 (54.33, 54.20);…18. Alex Ivanov (USA) 1:49.06 (54.46, 54.60);

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