Andy Wood's Blog

GB Skeleton Athlete

Altenberg World Cup V

A cold snap was on its way in Altenberg and I wasn’t ready for it.

I’d gone back to my Bromley sled in Winterberg but there wasn’t enough time to get all of my sets of runners converted from one sled to the other.  No-one had predicted that race day in Altenberg would bring air temperatures of -17*C, but most other athletes would have runners in their possession to cope with such cold ice.  My ‘cold’ runners for these conditions were not converted in time for this race.  If you can imagine asking Lewis Hamilton to drive with slick tyres when it’s heavily raining, you’d get the idea of how much grip I had during the race!  I did the best I could by adjusting the amount of bow in the runners but it wasn’t enough.  A few skids here and there did the damage and left me at the back of the field and without a second run in 27th position.

Men’s Top 6:

1 Michi Halilovic 01:56.39 Germany
2 Alexander Tretiakov 01:56.60 00.21 Russia
3 Frank Rommel 01:56.63 00.24 Germany
4 Jeff Pain 01:56.78 00.39 Canada
5 Martins Dukurs 01:56.90 00.51 Latvia
6 Tomass Dukurs 01:57.00 00.61 Latvia

Women’s Top 6:

1 Kerstin Szymkowiak 01:59.50 Germany
2 Marion Trott 02:00.21 00.71 Germany
3 Anja Huber 02:00.28 00.78 Germany
4 Amy Williams 02:00.35 00.85 Great Britain
5 Maya Pedersen 02:00.48 00.98 Switzerland
6 Mellisa Hollingsworth 02:00.58 01.08 Canada

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January 3, 2010 - Posted by | Blog Archive

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