Team USA turns in seven top 10 finishes on the Koenigssee track

Jan. 16, 2016, 10:19 a.m. (ET)

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Team USA turns in seven top-10 finishes on the Koenigssee track


KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 16, 2016)- Team USA turned in seven top-10 finishes during double men’s and women’s skeleton European Cup (EC) races, led by Austin McCrary’s (Colleyville, Texas) seventh place performance in the first men’s skeleton race. Kellie Delka (Collinsville, Texas) and Samantha Culiver (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each had an eighth place result during the two Koenigssee races.

McCrary was 0.78 seconds out of the medals in the first race after turning in runs of 51.95 and 52.45. Team Germany held serve on their home track, winning all six medals during the two races.

Dominic Rady claimed double gold medals, fending off his teammates with cumulative times of 1:42.64 and 1:43.49. Felix Keisinger was awarded the silver medal in race one in 1:42.88, but dropped a spot in the finale, placing third in 1:44.26. Colin Domke rounded out the medal stand with a bronze and silver of his own with two-run times of 1:43.62 and 1:43.71.

McCrary fell behind teammate Greg West (Springfield, Mo.) in the second race, placing 10th with runs of 52.84 and 53.29. West finished ninth in race one, 1.13 seconds off of the podium and moved up to eighth place in the second race, despite a slower time of 1:45.99.

"It was just an incredibly satisfying week," West said. "This track has been a nemesis of mine and to come here and feel things really start to click was a nice boost going into the last two races of the season. To take a tenth off my start here as well as over a second off my down time was incredibly satisfying. I am very excited for St. Moritz as I have never had the privilege of sliding there. It will be nice to check off my 12th different track."

In the first women’s race, Delka turned in a time of 1:48.08 in the first race for the eighth position, while Culiver was just behind her with runs of 54.34 and 54.87 for ninth place.

Culiver moved up to eighth in the second race with downtimes of 54.58 and 55.13, while Delka fell to 11th in 1:50.74.

"For five training runs and weather drastically changing on us, I think as a team we performed great," Delka said. "We all had PR's and competed very competitively."

Maxi Just won two of Germany’s five women’s medals, claiming double gold medals with times of 1:46.07 and 1:47.42. Teammate Janine Becker finished just behind Just in both races, winning two silver medals, 0.43 and 0.38 seconds back of the lead. Ashleigh Fay Pittaway of Great Britain won the only non-German medal of the two races, placing in third with a combined time of 1:46.64 in race one, while Germany’s Corinna Leipold finished in the third spot in 1:47.90 during the final race.

The EC tour will conclude on the all-natural St. Moritz track, with racing on Wed., Jan. 27 and Thurs., Jan. 28.

Results

Women’s skeleton #1

1. Maxi Just (GER) 1:46.07 (52.93, 53.14);

2. Janine Becker (GER) 1:46.50 (53.16, 53.34);

3. Ashleigh Fay Pittaway (GBR) 1:46.64 (53.03, 53.61);

8. Kellie Delka (USA) 1:48.08 (54.02, 54.06);

9. Samantha Culiver (USA) 1:49.21 (54.34, 54.87);

Women’s skeleton #2

1. Maxi Just (GER) 1:47.42 (53.62, 53.80);

2. Janine Becker (GER) 1:47.80 (53.84, 53.96);

3. Corinna Leipold (GER) 1:47.90 (53.95, 53.95);

8. Samantha Culiver (USA) 1:49.71 (54.58, 55.13);

11. Kellie Delka (USA) 1:50.74 (55.23, 55.51);

Men’s skeleton #1

1. Dominic Rady (GER) 1:42.64 (51.12, 51.52);

2. Felix Keisinger (GER) 1:42.88 (51.38, 51.50);

3. Colin Domke (GER) 1:43.62 (51.62, 52.00);

7. Austin McCrary (USA) 1:44.40 (51.95, 52.45);

9. Greg West (USA) 1:44.75 (52.25, 52.50);

Men’s skeleton #2

1. Dominic Rady (GER) 1:43.49 (51.44, 52.05);

2. Colin Domke (GER) 1:43.71 (51.74, 51.97);

3. Felix Keisinger (GER) 1:44.26 (52.00, 52.26);

8. Greg West (USA) 1:45.99 (52.84, 53.15);

10. Austin McCrary (USA) 1:46.13 (52.84, 53.29);

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