Schroeder leads USA Para Bobsled in St. Moritz World Cup

Feb. 03, 2018, 4:08 p.m. (ET)

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Schroeder leads USA Para Bobsled in St. Moritz World Cup

 


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb 3, 2018)- Barry Schroeder (Sebring, Ohio) posted two top-five finishes in the St. Moritz leg of the Para World Cup to lead Team USA this week. With the results, Schroeder heads into next month’s Para World Championships having finished in the top-six sliders in each race he’s competed this season.


“Never being to St Moritz before, I felt like I was playing catch up most of the week when it came to the other athletes that have been here a few times,” Schroeder said. “Fortunately, with the help of a teammate, I was finally able to make some corrections in the second heat of the first race that made a world of difference and we were able to come away with a couple top five finishes.  I’m really looking forward to the World Championship race coming up in Lillehammer.”


In the opening race, Schroeder tied for fourth with Lauris Zutis of Latvia, posting a two-run combined time of 2:32.63. Schroeder sat in 12th between heats after struggling in the first run, but threw down the fastest run of the second heat to move all the way up to fourth. He finished just behind Corie Mapp of Great Britain, who took bronze in 2:32.18. Switzerland’s Christopher Stewart won the race in 2:31.93 and Latvian Arturs Klots took silver in 2:32.00.


For the U.S., rookie Christ Rasmussen (Battle Creek, Mich.) finished just behind Schroeder in sixth, threading together runs of 1:16.11 and 1:16.54. Rasmussen won his first World Cup medal last week in Oberhof, Germany and has had a breakout first season bobsledding. He will join Schroeder at the 2018 Para Bobsled World Championships.


Jason Sturm (Herndon, Va.), who has also been one of Team USA’s top performers this season, finished in 12th with a combined time of 2:33.67. Sturm won two medals in Calgary, Canada this season, but is not able to attend World Championships.


Schroeder matched his results in the second race, threading together runs of 1:15.08 and 1:15.15 seconds to finish just 0.20 behind Stewart, who took bronze. Klots took gold in 2:29.32, while Mapp took silver and clinched the overall Para World Cup title in 2:29.57.


For the U.S., Dave Nicholls (Park City, Utah) took 12th in 2:31.70 and Sturm finished in 16th in 2:32.77.


The 2017-2018 Para Bobsled season concludes with World Championships in March in Lillehammer, Norway. For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250.

Results

Para World Cup Race #1

1. Christopher Stewart (SUI) 2:31.93 (1:15.76, 1:16.17);

2. Arturs Klots (LAT) 2:32.00 (1:15.40, 1:16.60);

3. Corie Mapp (GBR) 2:32.18 (1:16.21, 1:15.97);

T-4. Barry Schroeder (USA) 2:32.63 (1:16.71, 1:15.92);

6. Christ Rasmussen (USA) 2:32.65 (1:16.11, 1:16.54);

12. Jason Sturm (USA) 2:33.67 (1:16.09, 1:17.58);


Para World Cup Race #2

1. Arturs Klots (LAT) 2:29.32 (1:14.74, 1:14.58);

2. Corie Mapp (GBR) 2:29.57 (1:14.93, 1:14.64);

3. Christopher Stewart (SUI) 2:30.03 (1:15.04, 1:14.99);

4. Barry Schroeder (USA) 2:30.23 (1:15.08, 1:15.15);

12. Dave Nicholls (USA) 2:31.70 (1:15.94, 1:15.76);

16. Jason Sturm (USA) 2:32.77 (1:16.71, 1:16.06);


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