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Vogt finishes women’s bobsled North American Cup season ranked third;
Koplin wins first race back
CALGARY, Canada (Jan. 12, 2019)- Nicole Vogt(Dallas, Texas) claimed a bronze medal in the women’s bobsled North American Cup finale in Calgary with Nicole Brungardt(Norfolk, Neb.) to secure third place in overall standings. Kristi Koplin (Park City, Utah) returned to competition after missing the first six races with an injury and showed her potential by winning yesterday’s race with Terra King (Phoenix, Ariz.). The women’s bobsledders contributed eight medals this season to the overall North American Cup count.
“It’s been a great season with a lot of ups and downs, but I feel like we’re leaving Calgary and the North American Cup on a high note,” said USA Bobsled Development Coach Nick Cunningham.
Vogt and Brungardt started their campaign for the medals, and ultimately the overall podium, with a start time of 5.84 seconds. Vogt navigated the sled to the finish in 57.65 seconds for the second-best time of the heat. Vogt and Brungardt left nothing on the line, powering the sled to a 5.80-second start time in run two. The duo was gaining time on the competition, but a mistake caused the sled to flip and they did not cross the finish line for a time. As a result, Vogt and Brungardt were disqualified.
Koplin returned to competition at the top of her game, winning yesterday’s race with a convincing lead of 1.21 seconds with push athlete King. The duo put together start times of 5.82 and 5.86 seconds for runs of 57.37 and 57.51 seconds, respectively, to claim gold in 1:54.88.
“In Kristi’s first race back on ice she was able to race to a gold medal,” Cunningham said. “That’s impressive, and it shows what kind of athlete she is and the potential she has.”
Canadians Kori Hol and Dawn Edith Richardson Wilson claimed the silver medal with a two-run total of 1:56.09. Catherine Medeiros and Mackenzie Stewart claimed bronze for Canada with a combined time of 1:56.54.
Undeterred by yesterday’s disqualification, Vogt and Brungardt returned to the line today for the final race of the season. The duo posted a first run start time of 5.90 seconds for a downtime of 58.13 to put them in the lead by 0.18 seconds. Vogt and Brungardt bettered their start to 5.86, and while their downtime of 58.60 was fifth best of the heat, they secured the bronze medal in 1:56.73.
“The North American Cup is tough with back-to-back race days,” Vogt said. “Nicole and I were having great runs yesterday until we crashed, which was very disappointing. Cheech (Garde), (Mike) Dionne and (Nick) Cunningham worked overnight to fix the sled, and Nicole was ready to race with me again this morning. They all made today possible. We came back strong to finish the North American Cup season on the podium.”
Koplin and Yonni McGee (Panama City, Panama) finished just behind their teammates in fourth with a combined time of 1:56.89. The pair clocked a push time of 5.87 seconds for the fifth fastest time of the first heat, 59.20 seconds, as a result of a crash lower on the course. They rallied back, posting the fastest time of the day, 57.69 seconds, to finish fourth.
Hol and Richardson Wilson were victorious today in 1:56.38, while Medeiros and Stewart earned silver in 1:56.63.
Vogt and Koplin have both had rollercoaster seasons. Vogt made the national team as the third ranked sled after team trials. She crashed in two North American Cup races, and also claimed four medals. Koplin’s season seemed to end before it started when an injury suspended her racing. She’s back in a sled, and showed her potential in Calgary.
Vogt tallied 604 points to finish the season ranked third overall in women’s bobsled North American Cup standings. Hol from Canada claimed the title with 776 points, and Ashleigh Werner from Great Britain finished second overall with 692 points. After earning points in only two races, Koplin finished the season ranked 11th with 216 points.
“Nothing about this season has gone how I’d planned,” Vogt said. “I’ve been fighting lots of mental battles this year and working to remain positive. Thank you to God for these opportunities to compete for Team USA, every woman who has gotten in my sled, (Mike) Dionne and (Nick) Cunningham who have been great coaches, and my parents who keep encouraging me. I’m looking forward to joining the World Cup team in Lake Placid in February.”
Vogt will be racing her first World Cup of the season in Lake Placid, N.Y. next month when the tour comes to North America. The North American Cup concludes in Calgary tomorrow with the final four-man bobsled race of the season.
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Women’s Bobsled #1:
1. Kristi Koplin and Terra Evans (USA) 1:54.88 (57.37, 57.51);
2. Kori Hol and Dawn Edith Richardson Wilson (CAN) 1:56.09 (57.94, 58.15);
3. Catherine Medeiros and Mackenzie Stewart (CAN) 1:56.54 (58.08, 58.46);
Nicole Vogt and Nicole Brungardt (USA) DNF (57.65, DNF);
Women’s Bobsled #2:
1. Kori Hol and Dawn Edith Richardson Wilson (CAN) 1:56.38 (58.31, 58.07);
2. Catherine Medeiros and Mackenzie Stewart (CAN) 1:56.63 (58.33, 58.30);
3. Nicole Vogt and Nicole Brungardt (USA) 1:56.73 (58.13, 58.60);
4. Kristi Koplin and Yonni McGee (USA) 1:56.89 (59.20, 57.69);
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