It is not a surprise that Germany keeps on winning at the IBSF BMW Bobsled World Cup but now it looks like the question is, who will win among them, indeed? Friedrich Francesco’s (DEU) run of straight World Cup wins came to an end yesterday when he was defeated by Johannes Lochner and Eric Franke (DEU) but Francesco rebounded with a win today.
Lochner and Franke were fastest in both runs yesterday at the Olympic town of Innsbruck, Austria, and their 51.45 in the second run would be the fastest run of the weekend. Friedrich and Margis Thorsen (DEU) finished .3 seconds behind after both runs. Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis (LAT) completed the podium, .47 seconds behind.
Today, Friedrich and Thorsen won with a mere .16-second advantage with very similar runs to their German teammates. The same Latvian team ended third, this time over Russia and Czechia. This is Friedrich’s 42nd World Cup gold, and Thorsten’s 28th.
The female 2-woman competition was even more German, with a 1-2-3 for them. Laura Nolte and Levi Deborah (DEU) were fastest in both runs, over Kim Kalicki/Ann-Chrsitin Stack (DEU), and Mariama Jamanka/Leonie Fiebig (DEU).
Nolte almost had two gold medals over this weekend, as she finished second in yesterday’s Women’s Monobob World Series race, behind Breeana Walker (AUS) and ahead of local Katrin Beierl (AUT). This series has its next competition in two days.
Germany leads the Bobsled World Cup in both the women’s and men’s division so far.