Bausch leads U.S. skeleton team with fifth place finishes in Koenigssee European Cup

Jan. 13, 2014, 1:36 p.m. (ET)

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Bausch leads U.S. skeleton team with fifth place finishes in Koenigssee European Cup


KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 13, 2014)- Lauri Bausch (Fredonia, Wisc.) posted two fifth place finishes to lead the U.S. skeleton team in the Koenigssee European Cup races over the weekend. Athletes competed in double races from Jan. 11-12, and Bausch was on the brink of breaking into the medals.

Bausch was just 0.13 seconds from second place after a first heat time of 53.64 in the first race on Saturday. Eager to maintain medal position, Bausch put it all on the line. A minor mistake in the 360-degree Kreisel corner bumped her back two spots, and she finished fifth with a combined time of 1:47.55.

“Race one was bittersweet,” Bausch said. “I was close to second place and was really hungry for it. I let off my first steer in Kreisel a bit early and immediately knew I was going to have to work harder to carry momentum to the finish. I fell back a couple of spots, which was tough to swallow.”

Bausch stayed consistent in yesterday’s race and finished fifth again with a two-run total of 1:47.51. Now that she’s been in the hunt for the medals, Bausch feels confident she can finish with a top three result in the European Cup finale next weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

“Race two was really tight after the first run, so I really tried to be consistent and was stoked to break my tie with a Russian to hang onto that spot,” Bausch said. “Now I’m chasing after a top three at our final race in St. Moritz.”

Morgan Tracey (Champion, Ohio) finished 15th and 17th with combined times of 1:51.00 and 1:51.33, respectively. German Anna Fernstaedt swept the women’s skeleton races with total times of 1:45.26 and 1:45.78. Maxi Just added two more medals to the German count by claiming double silver medals (1:46.99, 1:46.31). Kim Meylemans completed a German sweep of the podium on Saturday with a combined time of 1:47.55, while Renata Khuzina from Russia was third on Sunday with a two-run total of 1:47.29.

Alex Ivanov (Calisle, Mass.) led the U.S. in the men’s skeleton competitions with 18th and 13th place finishes. Ivanov clocked a total time of 1:46.82 in the first race and 1:45.85 in the second competition to add two top-20 finishes to his growing resume. Ryan Sweeney (Whitehall, N.Y.) finished 26th and 24th.

Three Germans swept the podium in both men’s races. Martin Rosenberger was victorious with combined times of 1:43.00 and 1:43.04. Dominic Rady earned two silver medals with totals of 1:43.37 and 1:43.37, while Axel Jungk clocked two-run totals of 1:43.52 and 1:43.42 for bronze medals.

“I’m proud of my teammates for being so incredibly supportive of each other, and I think that will help each of us end on a strong note this week,” Bausch said.

The skeleton team will unite with the bobsledders for the European Cup finale in St. Moritz this weekend.  Races resume from Jan. 16-19.

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

Results:

Women’s skeleton race #1:

1. Anna Fernstaedt (GER) 1:45.26 (52.73, 52.53); 2. Maxi Just (GER) 1:46.99 (53.51, 53.48); 3. Kim Meylemans (GER) 1:47.01 (53.79, 53.22);…5. Lauri Bausch (USA) 1:47.55 (53.64, 53.91);…15. Morgan Tracey (USA) 1:51.00 (55.99, 55.01);

Women’s skeleton race #2

1. Anna Fernstaedt (GER) 1:45.78 (52.86, 52.92); 2. Maxi Just (GER) 1:46.31 (52.90, 53.41); 3. Renata Khuzina (RUS) 1:47.29 (53.5, 53.75);…5. Lauri Bausch (USA) 1:47.51 (53.72, 53.79);…17. Morgan Tracey (USA) 1:51.33 (55.17, 56.16);

Men’s skeleton race #1

1. Martin Rosenberger (GER) 1:43.00 (51.43, 51.57); 2. Dominic Rady (GER) 1:43.37 (51.69, 51.68); 3. Axel Jungk (GER) 1:43.52 (51.59, 51.93);…18. Alex Ivanov (USA) 1:46.82 (53.47, 53.35);…26. Ryan Sweeney (USA) (54.26, DNS);

Men’s skeleton race #2:

1. Martin Rosenberger (GER) 1:43.04 (51.47, 51.57); 2. Dominic Rady (GER) 1:43.37 (51.67, 51.70); 3. Axel Jungk (GER) 1:43.42 (51.74, 51.68);…13. Alex Ivanov (USA) 1:45.85 (53.10, 52.75);…24. Ryan Sweeney (USA) (53.98, DNS);

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