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Uhlaender locks in top-10 finish in Koenigssee’s women’s skeleton World Cup
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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (January 22, 2020) – Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) locked in another top-10 finish by placing seventh in this morning’s women’s skeleton World Cup in Koenigsee. Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) finished 14th, and Kelly Curtis (Princeton, N.J.) placed 19th in her World Cup debut today.
Today was the 89th World Cup start of Uhlaender’s career, and her 11th World Cup in Koenigssee. She was the February 2008 winner, and today is her 8th top-10 finish on the German track. The four-time Olympian said she’s focused on testing equipment this season in preparation for Beijing 2022.
“It was another testing week for me,” Uhlaender said. “I’ve had 40 runs on my new sled, and I think after the Igls World Cup next week I’ll have it dialed in. I’m improving every week. I’m just sinking in and getting back to my old self with confidence. I don’t feel as panicky on my sled as I have been, so I feel good about it.”
Uhlaender clocked a start time of 5.10 seconds in both heats for runs of 51.87 and 51.68 seconds. She was ninth after the first heat, and gained two spots in the finale to finish seventh with a combined time of 1:43.55.
“The coaching staff has been amazing,” Uhlaender said. “I loved having Kelly [Curtis] and Sara [Roderick] here this week, and it was awesome having Matt [Antoine] here coaching us this week as well. We have a great team.”
Wesenberg was tied for 11th with Elisabeth Maier from Canada after a first heat time of 51.97 seconds. Wesenberg matched her first heat push time of 5.22 seconds in the second run, but she lost time at the exit of the Kreisel corner and dropped back three spots with downtime of 52.14 seconds. The 2018 Olympian finished 14th with a two-run total of 1:44.11.
In her second-ever competition in Koenigsee and her first-career World Cup competition, Curtis raced to 19th place with a total time of 1:44.87. Curtis pushed start times of 5.15 and 5.10 seconds for runs of 52.88 and 51.99 seconds, respectively. Curtis’ only other result in Koenigssee was 10th in the December 2019 Intercontinental Cup.
It was a dramatic race for the medals. The first run race leader, Tina Hermann of Germany, dropped back to 10th in the second heat. Russia’s Elena Nikitina was in second place going into the final run, but she dropped back into fifth. It was Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling who moved up from third to take the win with a combined time of 1:42.30. Anna Fernstaedt from the Czech Republic rallied from fifth place to secure the silver medal in 1:42.77. Austrian Janine Flock posted the fourth and sixth best times, but it was enough to claim the bronze medal in 1:42.93. Jane Channell from Canada tied the Austrian for third.
The men’s skeleton race is up next at 1:30 p.m. local time/7:30 a.m. EST. Fans can watch the races on NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel.
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1. Jacqueline Loelling (GER) 1:42.30 (51.23, 51.07);
2. Anna Fernstaedt (CZE) 1:42.77 (51.39, 51.38);
T-3. Janine Flock (AUT) 1:42.93 (51.25, 51.68);
T-3. Jane Channell (CAN) 1:42.93 (51.69, 51.24);
7. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 1:43.55 (51.87, 51.68);
14. Kendall Wesenberg (USA) 1:44.11 (51.97, 52.14);
19. Kelly Curtis (USA) 1:44.87 (52.88, 51.99);
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