Canadian Cynthia Appiah secured a top-five finish in the women’s monobob competition at the IBSF World Cup in Altenburg, Germany on Saturday. Meanwhile, American Kaillie Humphries won her second consecutive race on the German track, finishing with a combined time of two motos of two minutes and 0.61 seconds.
Germany’s Lora Nolte placed second behind Humphries for the second week in a row with a time of 2:01.13, and Australia’s Breeana Walker took bronze in 2:01.89.
Appiah, a native of North York, Ontario, didn’t get off to the start she wanted in her first race, posting the ninth fastest time in 1:01.52, but saved her day in the second moto with a time of 1:00.90. That time was a better mark than any race outside of Humphries and Nolte in either heat, and allowed them to finish with a total time of 2:02.42.
The Winnipeg native started with the seventh fastest time in the first moto in 1:01.31, but skidded entering the Kreisel, deflecting it and flipping her sled on its side.
Ribi regained control to the point where he was able to get his sled back on track, but the damage was done and he posted the slowest time of the day at 1:05.07, bringing his total to 2:06.38 for a 14th-place finish. finishing place.
CLOCK | Appiah, Ribi compete in monobob in Germany:
The 26-year-old still holds her own in the top five overall with 985 points thanks in large part to her gold medal performance in Whistler, BC in November, while Appiah ranks third with 1,106 points.
Humphries and Nolte occupy the first two places with 1,295 and 1,230 points respectively.
Canadians finish 17th in 2 men
Later that day, Canadians Taylor Austin and Cyrus Gray finished 17th in the two-man bobsleigh event.
The Lethbridge, Alta., native of Austin and Gray of Duncan, BC, posted a total time of 1:53.58 in two heats, 2.08 seconds behind gold medalists Johannes Lochner and Erec Bruckert of Germany.
CLOCK | Germany runs to the top in her homeland:
This is the fifth consecutive world cup race that Lochner has won gold, while his compatriot Francesco Friedrich, along with teammate Alexander Schueller, took bronze for the second week in a row on the home ice, with a total time of 1:51.88.
Swiss duo Michael Vogt and Sandro Michel claimed silver, finishing just 0.05 off top.
The action continues on Sunday in Altenberg with the four men’s and women’s bobsleigh events.
The men’s and women’s skeleton and bobsleigh athletes will return to action next Thursday at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, while the next World Cup event is scheduled to kick off on February 10 in Innsbruck, Austria.