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Preview for BMW IBSF World Cup in Innsbruck/AUT

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The second half of the season in the BMW IBSF World Cup kicks off in Innsbruck Nikitina, Tretiakov, Jamanka and Friedrich lead the overall standings Innsbruck (RWH) The World Cup and European Championships in Königssee (GER) brought the first half of the BMW IBSF World Cup 2018/2019 to a close. In the second half of the World Cup season, focus now turns to the Olympic Sliding Track in Innsbruck, Austria, where athletes competing in the disciplines of skeleton and bobsleigh will take to the stage. The competition will later move on to St. Moritz (SUI), Lake Placid (USA) and Calgary (CAN). The BMW IBSF 2019 World Championships in Whistler (CAN) form the conclusion and high point of the post-Olympic winter season at the beginning of March. The skeleton athletes were in for a disappointment at Königssee: Due to the immense snowfall on the roofs of the track buildings, their races were cancelled the week before they were due to take place. Russian competitors Elena Nikitina (women's skeleton) and Alexander Tretiakov (men's skeleton) now arrive in Innsbruck at the top of the World Cup leaderboard. Both athletes have secured wins in two of their three races so far, giving them a good 20-point lead over their competitors currently in second place. In the 2-woman and 2-man bobsleigh, both Olympic winners are currently enjoying a comfortable lead: After three wins in four races, Mariama Jamanka (GER) is 124 points ahead of her teammate Stephanie Schneider (GER). Francesco Friedrich won all four of his races, taking him into the lead with a perfect score of 900, 96 points ahead of Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis. Olympic Champion Friedrich also defended his lead against current title holder Johannes Lochner (both GER) in the overall standings for the 4-man bobsleigh. ©RWH2019

European Skeleton Championships to be made up in Innsbruck Jamanka, Friedrich and Lochner crowned European Bobsleigh Champions Innsbruck (RWH) Following the cancellation of the skeleton races due to unfavourable weather conditions in Königssee, the European Skeleton Championships are now high on the agenda at the BMW INSF World Cup in Innsbruck. The races on Friday (18th January - 9.15am men's skeleton, 2.30pm women's skeleton), conducted in a standard race-in-race mode, will now also count as the European Championships. The titles are currently held by Russia's Elena Nikitina and Martins Dukurs from Latvia. Fresh from their wins in Königssee, the European Champions in bobsleigh will stake their claim to the crown at the fifth BMW IBSF World Cup 2018/2019. Olympic champions Mariama Jamanka and Francesco Friedrich (both GER) will arrive with their second and fourth European Championship gold (respectively) already in the bag. Johannes Lochner gained his third European Championship title in a row in the 4-man bobsleigh. ©RWH2019