The subsequent technology of Canadian bobsledders consider they have one thing to construct on this World Cup season.
Calgary’s Taylor Austin piloted a four-man sled with Shaquille Murray-Lawrence, Cyrus Gray and Davidson De Souza to bronze in snowy Whistler, B.C., on Saturday. The medal is their first ever on the circuit and comes in the primary stop of the season.
“It offers us some fairly good confidence, some camaraderie, the boys coming collectively, pushing laborious, sliding quick,” Austin stated. “So we have simply received to hold it going for the subsequent couple of races.”
Several Canadian bobsleigh veterans retired following the Beijing Olympics, creating area for Austin and others to transfer up from the event team.
“Obviously we nonetheless have numerous work to do,” he stated. “It’s a brand new team, so we have simply received to come collectively and hold getting higher.”
WATCH | Austin, Canada declare 4-man bobsleigh World Cup bronze:
Germany’s Francesco Friedrich captured gold in the two-heat race with a time of 1 minute, 41.56 seconds. It was the reigning Olympic and European Cup champion’s forty second medal in the four-man self-discipline.
Brad Hall of Great Britain was 0.42 seconds behind and took silver in a subject that included 10 sleds from six international locations.
“We really feel good. We begin good, we had an amazingly good run in the second,” Friedrich stated. “I’m actually proud of the outcome right here.”
WATCH | Friedrich steers team to 4-man bobsleigh gold:
There have been some tense moments halfway by way of the race when a German sled piloted by Christoph Hafer struggled with its brakes after the end line and skidded off the top of the observe, right into a parking zone. The influence broken the sled’s runners, forcing Hafer and his team to drop out of the second warmth.
Austin and Murray-Lawrence completed sixth in the two-man bobsleigh Friday, a race that marked one more first-place end for Friedrich.
Ribi, Haughey end fifth in 2-woman bobsleigh
Friday additionally noticed Winnipeg’s Bianca Ribi race in her first World Cup as a pilot and seize gold in girls’s monobob. The 26-year-old then teamed up with brakewoman Niamh Haughey on Saturday and added a fifth-place end in two-woman bobsleigh to her resume.
“We’ve been having a good time, even at our lowest factors. So I’m actually proud of the inspiration that we have laid for the remainder of the season,” Ribi stated.
Ribi and Haughey have been the highest Canadians in a subject of eight sleds hailing from 4 totally different nations.
The duo completed behind Kim Kalicki and Anabel Galander of Germany, who clocked a time of 1:45.93 to take first place. The 25-year-old pilot described profitable her fourth World Cup gold as “completely unimaginable.”
“We have been very blissful right here on that tough observe in Whistler. First time for us right here. But we’re very, very blissful,” Kalicki stated.
Melanie Hasler and Nadja Pasternack of Switzerland got here in 0.20 seconds behind the Germans to take silver, and Americans Kaillie Humphries and Emily Renna completed third.
WATCH | Germany’s Kalicki, Galander 1st to end line in 1 minute 45.93 seconds:
Canada’s Cynthia Appiah positioned sixth with brakewoman Leah Walkeden, who made her World Cup debut.
“It was so nerve-racking,” stated Walkeden, a 29-year-old former sprinter at the University of Alberta. “But the wonderful thing about bobsled and the brakeman is that each observe is identical as each race. I push, I get in, I pull the brakes.”
She was visibly annoyed after her first run Saturday, holding her head in her arms momentarily earlier than getting out of the sled.
“We know we are able to do higher,” Walkeden stated. “We simply stated, ‘It is what it’s, it occurred. We simply want to lay down a method cleaner run on the second run. We know we are able to do it.’ And we did. We turned it round and ended on a excessive word.”
American World Cup rookies Riley Compton and Macy Tarlton didn’t end the primary warmth after crashing halfway by way of the run.