Henry once again top American with fourth place finish in Intercontinental Cup competition

Nov. 11, 2016, 3:38 p.m. (ET)

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Henry once again top American with fourth-place finish in Intercontinental Cup competition

Kellie Delka took fifth in the second European Cup race of the season earlier today.

IGLS, Austria (Nov. 11, 2016)- Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn.) was the top Team USA finisher for the second day in a row, earning an Intercontinental Cup fourth place finish in the second and final race in Igls, Austria. Teammate Greg West (Springfield, Mo.) was the top American in the men’s race in 13th, while Kellie Delka (Collinsville, Texas) and Mike Rogals (Orwell, Vt.) repeated yesterday’s team-best performances in the European Cup, posting fifth and seventh-place finishes, respectively.

Henry, who earned the silver medal in yesterday’s season-opening competition, rebounded from a subpar first run to post the second-fastest time in the second heat. Her 54.68 second-heat downtime boosted her from eighth into fourth, and she finished with a 1:50.00 combined downtime behind the Nederlands’ Kimberley Bos (1:49.49), Romania’s Maria Mazilu and Canada’s Lanette Prediger, who tied for second with 1:49.85 combined downtimes.

“My first run was going really well and then I hit in the lower portion of the track and lost all speed,” Henry said. “Luckily, I like being an underdog because it is where the most growth happens and it is an opportunity to show your grit, focus and determination.  Brian was encouraging and confirmed I was doing the right thing and to trust myself. I am proud of that comeback.

I'm looking forward to carrying this momentum into Koenigssee and the team bettering our performances as the season goes on.”

After yesterday’s eighth place finish, Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) ended her second race of the season in 10th despite posting the ninth-best downtimes of each heat. Great Britain’s Donna Creighton, who was in 12th after the first heat, leapfrogged Graybill into sixth after recording the second-fastest downtime of the second run. Veronica Day (Vienna, Va.) moved up a spot into 17th after finishing in 18th yesterday.

On the men’s side, the German sliders swept the podium for the second day in a row, with Kilian von Schleinitz (1:46.04) earning his second gold medal in as many days. Teammate Michael Zachrau (1:46.78) finished 0.04 seconds ahead of Felix Keisinger, who posted a combined downtime of 1:46.82. West ended as the top American slider after his 53.87-second run in the second round bumped him from 15th to 13th. He ended with a combined downtime of 1:48.21, just 0.01 seconds behind the 12th-place finisher.

Kyle Brown (Concord, N.H.), who posted a sixth-place finish in yesterday’s race, struggled today after pulling his hamstring during the push in the first heat. After posting the seventh fastest run of the first heat, he could only muster a 55.12-second second run, which knocked him down to 20th place. Teammate Stephen Garbett (Parker, Colo.) failed to earn a second run, and finished in 25th-place with a 54.72 downtime in the first run.

On the European Cup, two German sleds, Tamara Seer (1:49.84) and Maxi Just (1:50.15) took first and second, respectively, for the second day in a row. Latvian Paula Lace finished 0.08 seconds behind Just for a 1:50.23 combined downtime and her first medal of the young season.

Delka threaded together runs of 55.61 and 55.38 to improve on yesterday’s seventh-place finish. She ended in fifth with a combined downtime of 1:50.99, while teammate Samantha Culiver (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished in 19th.

“I try to come to every race with a clear mind,” Delka said. “I knew I could put together two great runs and I was able to do that today. I was very excited about the consistency I had and the improvement I saw. I think our team has started great and we will continue to train and race better with every run we take.”

The men’s European Cup podium mirrored the women, as two Germans and a Latvian finished one-two-three. Fabian Keuchler (1:48.66) and teammate Dominic Rady (1:48.95) earned their second gold and silver medals of the season, respectively, while Krists Netlaus finished in 1:48.96 for the bronze.

Rogals posted the seventh fastest times of each run, 55.59 and 54.05, to repeat yesterday’s seventh place finish, while teammate Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, Mass.) dropped back to 11th place with a 1:50.08 downtime today after finishing in eighth yesterday.

Both circuits travel to Koenigssee, Germany for their next legs, and will resume racing Nov. 17. North American Cup competition begins in Calgary, Canada today and will continue throughout the weekend. For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250.


Men’s Skeleton (ICC)

1. Kilian von Schleinitz (GER) 1:46.04 (53.22, 52.82);

2. Michael Zachrau (GER) 1:46.78 (53.46, 53.30);

3. Felix Keisinger (GER) 1:46.82 (53.58, 53.24);

13. Greg West (USA) 1:48.21 (54.34, 53.87);

20. Kyle Brown (USA) 1:49.03 (53.91, 55.12);

25. Stephen Garbett (USA) 54.72 (54.72, DNS)

Women’s Skeleton (ICC)

1. Kimberley Bos (NED) 1:49.49 (54.86, 54.63);

2. Maria Mizilu (ROM) 1:49.85 (55.15, 54.70);

2. Lanette Prediger (CAN) 1:49.85 (55.02, 54.83);

4. Megan Henry (USA) 1:50.00 (55.02, 54.83);

10. Savannah Graybill (USA) 1:50.49 (55.33, 55.16);

17. Veronica Day (USA) 1:51.63 (55.91, 55.72)

Women’s Skeleton (EC)

1. Tamara Seer (GER) 1:49.84 (54.93, 54.91);

2. Maxi Just (GER) 1:50.15 (55.10, 55.05);

3. Paula Lace (LAT) 1:50.23 (55.20, 55.03);

5. Kellie Delka (USA) 1:50.99 (55.61, 55.38);

19. Samantha Culiver (USA) 1:52.37 (56.13, 56.24)

Men’s Skeleton (EC)

1. Fabian Kuechler (GER) 1:48.66 (55.11, 53.55);

2. Dominic Rady (GER) 1:48.95 (55.35, 53.60);

3. Krists Netlaus (LAT) 1:48.96 (55.12, 53.84);

7. Michael Rogals (USA) 1:49.64 (55.59, 54.05);

11. Alex Ivanov (USA) 1:50.08 (55.98, 54.10)

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