Aussies post great results on Skeleton tracks
9 January 2017
SKELETON: Australia’s top skeleton athletes were in action this weekend, lacing up their spikes and competing on two different sides of the globe.
Queenslander Jaclyn Narracott took to the track in Altenburg, racing in the third leg of the BMW IBSF World Cup series.
Facing off against the world’s best, the 26-year-old recorded her top result on the German course, finishing in 17th place.
Her Australian team-mate, John Farrow said Altenburg is known to athletes as one of the toughest competitions in the world.
“She overcame one of the hardest tracks in the world this weekend,” said Farrow.
“Last year Jackie s had some injuries and struggled in Altenberg so to come back to the track and keep her composure shows great strength.”
Farrow, a Sochi 2014 Olympian, was across the pond from Narracott this weekend, competing at the fifth and sixth North American Cups, where he earned himself a spot on the podium, finishing with a silver medal in race five.
On reflection, Farrow said the race was proof that he can mix it with the world’s top athletes.
“The races in Park City were a solid indicator for me, getting second in race five to John Daly was great as he was in the mix for medals at Sochi and is a great competitor,” Farrow said.
In his second race for the weekend, Farrow finished in an impressive fourth place overall, a mere +0.02 seconds off the podium
“Race six was snowy which always makes conditions hard but two consistent runs gave me fourth and only 0.02 seconds off the podium.”
Farrow was joined by Australian team-mates Nick Timmings, Dean Timmings and Peter Makrides who finished 8th, 14th and 27th in race 5 and 11th, 14th and 26th in race 6 respectively.
“We had four Australian athletes in Park City and we held our own well against big money teams at this event. It was fantastic,” said Farrow who is excited about the growth in his teammates wearing the green and gold.
“It’s great to see more guys competing on the International Circuit for Australia. It really marks the growth in the sport in our country.”
For both Narracott and Farrow, this weekend’s competitions marked their first appearances for 2017 after the pair faced -26 degrees celsius race conditions at the Lake Placid World Cup event in December, finishing 17th and 16th respectively.
Narracott will now head to Winterberg, Germany to compete at the next instalment of the World Cup which kicks off next weekend.
For Farrow, it’s back to Lake Placid, New York to compete in the eight race on the North American Cup circuit where he is currently placed 1st overall and said it would be great to finish the series’ on top for Australia.