Schroeder leads Team USA with seventh place finish in Para World Championships

March 12, 2018, 10:25 a.m. (ET)

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Schroeder leads Team USA with seventh place finish in Para World Championships

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (March 12, 2018)- Barry Schroeder (Sebring, Ohio) capped a successful season racing on the Para Bobsled World Cup circuit with a seventh place finish at the Para World Championships in Lillehammer.


Schroeder, who has been competing since the 2015-2016 season, has been one of Team USA’s most consistent pilots this year, having finished in the top six in every Para World Cup race during his 2017-2018 campaign. Additionally, he and rookie Christ Rasmussen (Battle Creek, Mich.), who also raced in Lillehammer, have been part of the movement to transition Para Bobsled from seated to a full push sport. Both U.S. athletes participated in a push and load demonstration during World Championships.


While Schroeder said he had hoped to win a medal in the Para World Championships due to his past success on the Norway track — he won two World Cup medals there last year — he was still please with his progress this weekend.


I really had a lot of success in Lillehammer last year, and I think because of that I’m a little disappointed with my finish,” Schroeder said. “But with that being said, it’s really hard to be disappointed with the body of results this year. I can take a lot of pride in the work I put in, and the results show it.”


The Para World Championships were formatted so that athletes took a total of four runs over two days, and after clocking downtimes of 58.33 and 58.55 seconds on the first day, Schroeder sat in sixth place overnight.


“For some reason, all week I had a couple small issues with a couple early curves that really hurt me in the top half of the track, making it hard to build that momentum and find the elite speed at the bottom that a few other pilots had,” he said. “Looking back, I think maybe I just had a little too much adrenaline. I was maybe a little too heavy on the D rings and over drove the bobsled just a bit.”


Rasmussen has also had a stellar season thus far, winning the first medal of his career, a bronze in the first of two Oberhof, Germany races. He struggled to navigate a new track, however, and recorded downtimes of 58.99 and 59.46 seconds to put him in 17th after the first two heats.


Schroeder dropped a spot on day two after a tough third run that saw him post the ninth fastest time of the heat, 58.23 seconds. He responded with the seventh fastest time of the final heat, 58.33 seconds, to maintain his seventh place standing. Rasmussen, meanwhile, strung together downtimes of 58.99 and 58.65 seconds to drop a spot to 18th.


Latvian Arturs Klots won his second consecutive World Championship title, taking the gold medal with a four-run combined time of 3:50.42. Canada’s Lonnie Bissonnette earned the silver in 3:51.12, while Norway’s Guro Konstanse Fronsdal took bronze on his home track in 3:52.53.


The race concludes the 2017-2018 season for USA Bobsled and Skeleton athletes, who will now take time to recover and regroup before beginning to train for the 2018-2019 season.


I just really want to thank our coaches, my teammates, USABS, my family and everyone back home for the tremendous support and opportunities given to me this year,” Schroeder said. “We aren’t done yet, will get them next year.”


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Results

1. Arturs Klots (LAT) 3:50.42 (57.46, 58.05, 57.28, 57.63);

2. Lonnie Bissonnette (CAN) 3:51.12 (57.62, 58.13, 57.37, 58.00);

3. Guro Konstanse Fronsdal (NOR) 3:52.53 (58.11, 58.32, 57.84, 58.26);

7. Barry Schroeder (USA) 3:53.44 (58.33, 58.55, 58.23, 58.33);

18. Christ Rasmussen (USA) 3:56.09 (58.99, 59.46, 58.99, 58.65);


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