Canada’s 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 straight race at the German track, finishing with a combined time of two heats of two minutes and 0.61 seconds.
Germany’s Lora Nolte finished second for the second week in a row behind Humphries with a time of 2:01.13, and Breeana Walker of Australia took bronze with a time of 2:01.89.
A native of North York, Ontario, Appiah didn’t get the start she wanted on her first heat, posting the ninth best time of 1:01.52, but she saved her day in the second heat with a time of 1:00.90. That time was a better mark than any run outside of Humphries and Nolte in both heats and allowed her to finish with an overall time of 2:02.42.
The Winnipeg native started the first heat with the seventh-best time of 1:01.31, but skidded at the gyroscope, throwing her off course and tipping her bobsled on its side.
Ribi regained control to the point where she was able to get her bobsled back on track, but the damage was already done and she recorded the slowest time of the day at 1:05.07, bringing her overall time to 2:06 Finish .38 for a 14th place finish.
CLOCK | Appiah, Ribi compete in Germany in monobob:
The 26-year-old still holds a top-five spot overall with 985 points, thanks in large part to her performance at the gold medal in Whistler, BC in November, while Appiah sits in third place with 1,106 points .
Humphries and Nolte occupy the first two places with 1,295 and 1,230 points respectively.
The Canadians are 17th in the two-man bobsleigh
Later in the day, Canadians Taylor Austin and Cyrus Gray took 17th place in the two-man event.
Lethbridge, Alta., a native of Austin and Gray of Duncan, BC, posted a two heat aggregate time of 1:53.58, 2.08 seconds behind gold medalists Johannes Lochner and Erec Bruckert of Germany.
CLOCK | Germany’s race to the top on home soil:
This is the fifth consecutive World Cup race that Lochner has won gold, while compatriot Francesco Friedrich – along with partner Alexander Schueller – took bronze for the second straight week on home ice with a total time of 1:51.88.
Swiss duo Michael Vogt and Sandro Michel took silver, finishing just 0.05 seconds off the top spot.
It continues on Sunday in Altenberg with the four-man and women’s bobsleigh events.
The men’s and women’s skeleton and bobsleigh athletes are back in action next Thursday at the World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, while the next World Cup event is scheduled to start on February 10 in Innsbruck, Austria.