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Florian leads U.S. men in Koenigssee’s skeleton World Cup with 14th place finish
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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (January 22, 2020) – Austin Florian (Southington, Conn.) and Austin McCrary (Colleyville, Texas) competed for the U.S. in today’s men’s skeleton World Cup in Koenigssee, finishing 14th and 20th, respectively.
“Koenigssee is not an easy track, and we saw track record speeds today,” said USA Skeleton Head Coach Tuffy Latour. “The competition is also increasing with the return of several nations. Overall, everyone is stepping up. Austin Florian and Austin McCrary are still young to the World Cup, and we’re building each week.”
Florian bettered his previous World Cup result from the January 2020 Koenigssee event by seven spots today. The American pushed off the block in 4.66 seconds for a first run time of 50.50 seconds to place him in 14th position. Florian clocked a 4.72-second start time in the second heat, and maintained his spot with a downtime of 50.80 seconds. Florian’s two-run total of 1:41.30 placed him in 14th.
McCrary has raced in a combination of six European and Intercontinental Cup races in Koenigssee leading into this week. He clocked starts of 5.00 and 4.99 seconds for runs of 50.95 and 51.45 seconds, respectively. McCrary was in 17th, but a troublesome exit of Kreisel bumped him down four spots. He finished 20th with a combined time of 1:42.40.
Germany’s Alexander Gassner posted the second-fastest runs of 49.91 and 49.97 seconds, but it was enough to secure the win with a combined time of 1:39.88. In his first World Cup race of the season, Korean Sungbin Yun claimed the silver medal in 1:39.92. Yun was the first run leader, but he fell back to the German with only the third-best time of the second heat. Russian Alexander Tretiakov was third in 1:40.01.
World Cup racing continues tomorrow with the men’s two-man bobsled race at 12:15 p.m./6:15 a.m. EST, and the women’s monobob event at 4 p.m./8 a.m. Fans can watch the races on NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel.
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1. Alexander Gassner (GER) 1:39.88 (49.91, 49.97);
2. Sungbin Yun (KOR) 1:39.92 (49.90, 50.02);
3. Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 1:40.01(50.09, 49.92);
14. Austin Florian (USA) 1:41.30 (50.50, 50.80);
20. Austin McCrary (USA) 1:42.40 (50.95, 51.45);
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