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O’Shea and Wesenberg post top-five finishes in Park City World Cup
PARK CITY, UTAH (Jan. 16, 2016)- Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) set the tone for World Cup racing in Park City today with fourth and fifth place finishes in the women’s skeleton competition.
“I feel really good,” O’Shea said. “Everyone asked me last week after I won in Lake Placid if I was going to win this race, and I said I just wanted to have a great race and I felt like that’s what I did. This is another one of my best finishes and I’m really proud of myself and Kendall.”
O’Shea followed up her gold medal performance in Lake Placid with a fourth place finish today after clocking a two-run combined time of 1:41.92. Her best World Cup finish in Park City leading into this week was 10th in December 2007. O’Shea was in third after a first run of 50.48, but the veteran fell back a spot into fourth after a second run of 51.44. O’Shea said the added pressure of racing on a home track can sometimes be unnerving.
“I actually don’t enjoy racing at home,” O’Shea said. “It was nice to have my sister here, but I struggle with the expectations on a home track.”
Wesenberg burst onto the national scene last season by winning the Park City national team selection race before making her name known internationally after winning the first European Cup title by an American woman. Although Wesenberg is racing in only her first season on the World Cup team and is still becoming accustomed to the added pressure of the elite tour, she’s historically performed well. The World Cup rookie met expectations by finishing fifth with a combined time of 1:41.95. Wesenberg was just one-hundredth of a second behind O’Shea after a first run of 50.49, but she too fell back one position after crossing the finish in 51.46 in the final heat.
“You know, I like winning and I always want to win,” Wesenberg said. “When I get over dropping a spot, I’ll be happier with my result. It’s my home track, so I was hoping to do a little better, but it was really cool to have my family here watching. World Cup is a different deal, so it’s great they can be here to see it.”
Tina Hermann from Germany was victorious by 0.41 seconds with a total time of 1:41.08. Canadian Jane Channell was runner-up with an aggregate time of 1:41.49. Austrian Janine Flock, last season’s overall World Cup winner, surpassed O’Shea and Wesenberg to claim bronze in 1:41.58.
Competitions from Park City are scheduled to air on Universal HD. Please check local listings to find the Universal HD channel in your area and for updated air times.
Racing continues on the 2002 Olympic track today with the final heat of men’s skeleton and the second four-person bobsled race of the event.
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1. Tina Germann (GER) 1:41.08 (50.13, 50.95);
2. Jane Channell (CAN) 1:41.49 (50.34, 51.15);
3. Janine Flock (AUT) 1:41.58 (50.57, 51.01);
4. Annie O’Shea (USA) 1:41.92 (50.48, 51.44);
5. Kendall Wesenberg (USA) 1:41.95 (50.49, 51.46);
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