Brittany Phelan, Francesco Friedrich and Natalie Geisenberger are just some of the stars competing today (Sunday, 19 December) as the Winter World Cup season continues across the globe. Follow all the action live on Olympics.com as the build-up to next year’s Winter Olympic Games gathers pace. Beijing 2022 starts on 4 February 2022.
Brittany Phelan, Francesco Friedrich and Natalie Geisenberger are in action this Sunday (19 December) as the busy winter season continued with luge, curling, bobsleigh, biathlon, snowboard, ski jumping, and freestyle skiing.
Read on for regular updates from today’s World Cup competitions, as athletes continue with their quest to qualify for Beijing 2022.
Winter Olympic: Austrian double in men’s luge sprint
Wolfgang Kindl led an Austrian top-two podium in the men’s luge at the Sprint World Cup on home ice in Innsbruck.
Kindl posted the fastest time of 32.390 seconds for the victory adding to the silver medal he won in the luge singles the day before. Compatriot Jonas Mueller posted the second-fastest time of 32.430 s in the sprint event for the silver medal. Germany’s Johannes Ludwig, the winner of the luge singles from Saturday, was the third-fastest man on the track to earn him the third-place position. The German duo of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the men’s sprint doubles, clocking 29.905s, with Latvian siblings Andris and Juris Sics finishing second. Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller flew the Austrian flag bagging the bronze medal.
In the women’s sprint event, Madeleine Egle claimed one for the home nation, winning with a time of 29.992s. Luge singles winner Taubitz Julia of Germany finished in second place, 0.050s slower than Egle with compatriot Anna Berreiter taking third place. Egle added to the bronze she won in the singles event.
Winter Olympic 2022: Regez claims men’s ski cross gold
Swiss skier Ryan Regez produced his first victory of the season, winning the men’s ski cross at the Freestyle World Cup in Innichen, Italy.
Regez came into this World Cup with a best result of 13th place this season but was on fire on the day, winning every round to make it into the final for a shot at the podium. He won the big final beating Frenchman Bastien Midol and Canada’s Reece Howden into second and third place.
Sandra Naeslund continued her dream campaign, clinching her fourth World Cup gold of the season with Swiss ace Fanny Smith finishing as runner-up in the women’s big final. Olympic silver medallist, Brittany Phelan of Canada, finished the race in third place.
Kalicki slides into first place
Kim Kalicki won her first two-women bobsleigh World Cup title of the season, sharing the podium with Olympic champion Maria Jamanka for a German one-two in Altenberg, Germany.
The world silver medallist and Olympic champion Lisa Bukwitz, at the breaks, posted the fastest times on both runs for a combined winning time of 1:54.49. Jamanka finished second, 0.22s slower than her compatriots. Kaillie Humphries of the United States rounded out the podium in third place.
The Germans dominate the top three on the overall World Cup standings, led by Laura Nolte in the first place, with Kalicki and Jamanka in second and third, respectively.
Taubitz wins third World Cup
Julia Taubitz claimed her third women’s singles Luge World Cup victory of the season to cement her place at the top of the overall rankings.
She shared the podium in the Austrian Alps with fellow German and four-time luge Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger with her first top-three finish of the season. Madeleine Egle earned her third podium place of the season, claiming silver on home ice.
Geisenberger produced a superb second run moving from fourth place into third.
The day belonged to the on-form Taubitz, who clocked a track record of 39.701 seconds, improving on the previous best she set in Innsbruck. Her combined time of 1:19.546 was 0.012s faster than Egle.
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