Early this month, once again, World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton thundered into Lake Placid as the worlds best sliders battled it out on one of the worlds toughest tracks!
We attended the skeleton event, this fast winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down, during which the rider experiences forces up to 5G and reaches speeds over 130 km/h (80 mph).
The Lake Placid Olympic track is known to be a very technical one and the best sliders in the world gathered all here to measure themselves against the difficult task. The event is made of two heats. The sum of each heat’s time defines the final ranking.
The first to go was Yun Sugbin, who beat the 9-year old record for fastest start, with a 4.70s, something he did again in the second heat! 25 sliders followed him, from Russia, Germany, Australia, Italy, Latvia, United States…
At the end, Martins Dukurs of Latvia kept his winning streak: the overall winner of the last six seasons celebrated his fourth victory of the season in the fourth round of the racing series, and is yet to be beaten. Dukurs, who won the 2011, 2012 and 2015 World Championships, was 0.48 seconds faster than Sungbin Yun from Korea, whose new start record laid the foundation for second place and his best result of the season to date.
Third place went to 2015 World Championship bronze medalist Tomass Dukurs (Martin’s brother), 0.85 seconds behind, his best result this season. Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine from the USA also celebrated his best result of the season so far, cheered on by the home crowd. Fellow teammate Kyle Brown came sixth, the best ever result by far for the 26-year-old athlete, who was thirtieth in last season’s overall World Cup rankings.
For a complete review of the first heat, go here.