Wesenberg slides to seventh in women’s skeleton World Cup for her best finish of the season

Jan. 25, 2019, 9:46 a.m. (ET)


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Wesenberg slides to seventh in women’s skeleton World Cup for her best finish of the season


Photo: Viesturs Lācis | IBSF


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland(Jan. 25, 2019)– Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) put together a solid performance to finish seventh in today’s women’s skeleton World Cup in St. Moritz, while Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) raced to 14th place. Wesenberg was only three-hundredths of a second from the top six for her best performance of the season.

“I wasn’t too disappointed,” Wesenberg said. “There’s little stuff I can fix for sure, but it’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re in St. Moritz.”

She started her campaign for today’s podium with a start time of 5.44 seconds and smoothly navigated her way to the finish in 1:09.70 to situate herself in fifth position. Only 0.14 seconds separated her from third in yet another tightly packed field. In run two she bettered her start to 5.41 and posed the sixth fastest time of 1:09.15. Germans Tina Hermann and Sophia Greibel, who were eighth and sixth after the first heat, respectively, rebounded in run two to finish fourth and fifth. It was enough to bump Wesenberg down two spots to seventh with her combined time of 2:18.85. Despite missing the podium, Wesenberg said she was still pleased with today.

Wesenberg earned her first World Cup medal, silver, on the all-natural Swiss track in January 2017. It’s deservedly become one of her favorite tracks in the world.

“I love this track,” Wesenberg said. “It’s so fun sliding here, and we have a nice crowd of family and friends that traveled here for us. My mom and her friend are here, Kyle (Brown’s) friends, Austin (Florian’s) parents; it’s been nice to have a little piece of home here with us.”

Graybill had a nice looking first run, but the speed wasn’t there. She slid to the finish in 1:10.61 for 16th position. She put together another nice run in the second heat of 1:10.02 and picked up two spots to move into 14th with a combined time of 2:20.63.

Mirela Rahneva of Canada was victorious in 2:17.77, followed by Russian Elena Nikitina in second with a combined time of 2:18.00 and German Jacqueline Loelling in third with a total of 2:18.63.

The USA Skeleton team will travel back to the U.S. for a week off before the World Cup tour resumes in Lake Placid, N.Y. 

“I’m excited to get back to Lake Placid,” Wesenberg said. “I know they always put on a good race and the week off before the race is welcomed.”

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1. Mirela Rahneva (CAN) 2:17.77 (1:09.22, 1:08.55);
2. Elena Nikitina (RUS) 2:18.00 (1:09.11, 1:08.89);
3. Jacqueline Loelling (GER) 2:18.63 (1:09.56, 1:09.07);
7. Kendall Wesenberg (USA) 2:18.85 (1:09.70, 1:09.15);
14. Savannah Graybill (USA) 2:20.63 (1:10.61, 1:10.02);

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