American men’s skeleton athletes struggle in Koenigssee’s World Cup

Jan. 24, 2020, 12:01 p.m. (ET)


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American men’s skeleton athletes struggle in Koenigssee’s World Cup

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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 24, 2020)It was a tough morning for the inexperienced U.S. men’s skeleton team in Koenigssee’s World Cup. Austin Florian (Southington, Conn.) finished 21st followed by Andrew Blaser (Meridian, Idaho) in 22nd, and Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, Mass.) in 26th.

“Austin is still learning and this week offered more runs down this track, which is important for the future,” USA Skeleton Technical and Development Lead Coach Caleb Smith. “Andrew has never been to this track before, and he was posting some fast speeds, but was still figuring out Kreisel. His attitude is great, and he understands that this season is about gaining experience. Alex had to miss four training runs because of an injury, but it was another great building week for all three of these athletes.”

This was Blaser’s first time in Koenigssee, and only Florian’s third. Ivanov has competed in Koenigssee six times in various European Cup and Intercontinental Cup races, but never in a World Cup.

Florian was on the cusp of qualifying for the second run with a time in the top 20 of the field, but he was bumped into 21st when Amedeo Bagnis from Italy and Samiel Maier from Austria tied for 19th. Florian posted a start time of 4.78 and a downtime of 51.20 seconds for 21st.

Blaser was just off Florian’s pace in 22nd. He pushed a start time of 4.74 for a run of 51.31 seconds.  Ivanov pushed off the start in 4.89 seconds for a run of 51.57 seconds to finish 26th.

Russian Alexander Tretiakov was victorious in 1:40.27. Reigning Olympic champion Sungbin Yun from Korea held the lead after a track record breaking run of 49.98 seconds, but dropped back into second with a total time of 1:40.33. Germany’s Felix Keisinger claimed bronze in 1:40.66.

The World Cup will continue in Koenigssee will continue tomorrow with the women’s bobsled competition at 12 p.m. local time, followed by the two-man bobsled race at 3 p.m. NBC Sports and Olympic Channel will have broadcast and digital streaming coverag. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at, or through the NBC Sports app. Additional coverage will be available on and the Olympic Channel app.

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1. Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 1:40.27 (50.15, 50.12);
2. Sungbin Yun (KOR) 1:40.33 (49.98, 50.35);
3. Felix Keisinger (GER) 1:40.66 (50.62, 50.04);
21. Austin Florian (USA) (51.20, DNS);
22. Andrew Blaser (USA) (51.31, DNS);
26. Alex Ivanov (USA) (51.57, DNS):

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