Germany dominated this year’s Bobsleigh World Cup.
German bobsleigh aces Thomas Florschuetz and Francesco Friedrich tied for the victory in a German podium sweep during the two-man bobsled event. Underlining German excellence, rising star Maximilian Arndt led a German clean sweep of the podium in the 4-man contest, beating compatriots Manuel Machata and Thomas Florschuetz on home ice in Altenberg. Yet another German, Cathleen Martini, broke Canadian Kaillie Humphries’ eight-race winning streak in the women’s bobsled in Altenberg.
Likewise, in skeleton, winter sports legend, Marion Thees – also from Germany – earned her second win of the season, beating world champion, Kathie Uhlaender, of the United States by a whisper: 0.01 seconds.
Although Germany had the home advantage, not everything went its way. Canadian, Kaillie Humphries, rebounded to win a women’s bobsled World Cup event and hand rival, Cathleen Martini, her first defeat on the Koenigssee course in three years. The Koenigssee course is the world’s oldest artificial ice track.
Every year, teams competing in the Bobsleigh World Cup nudge speeds of 90 mph, experiencing forces of up to 4G that must almost dent their helmets. Riding a bobsleigh demands tons of nerve and agility. The extreme sport’s odd name comes from the probably not very professional technique of bobbing back and forth to boost speed, as if bobsleighs don’t naturally move fast enough.