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Farrow claims North American Cup title

23 January 2017

SKELETON: Sochi Olympian and skeleton athlete John Farrow has been crowned overall North American Cup Champion for the 2016/2017 season.

With over 100 points separating Farrow with second place, the 34-year-old has secured his first overall title after nine years of sliding.

“I didn't get a race win all year but didn't make any huge mistakes or blowout any races,” Farrow said.

Farrow finished in the top six places in all eight races during the season, and won two silver medals during the process.

“I was rewarded with the overall title, something I haven't won before, my closest being 3rd overall last season.

Securing the title was not an easy task, with the final race of the series proving to be highly competitive.

“The field was stacked with internationals and at 40 competitors was the largest field this year, races 7 and 8 where going to be a challenge,” the Sydney-sider said after also experiencing some pre-race mishaps.

“My equipment was lost on the airline and I missed the first day sliding!”

Despite the hiccup, Farrow was able to stay focused in race 8, putting down the 3rd fastest run of the second heat and securing a 5th place finish in the final race.

“I was able to keep composed on my second runs in the races and jump places, my experience came into play and keeping a level head paid off."

Fellow Aussie, Nicholas Timmings finished in 11th position overall, while brother Dean wrapped up his season in 26th place. Rounding out the green and gold team, Peter Makrides finished his season in 43rd while Hayden Smith came in 50th.

“My team mates worked well together all year and the title is now an Australian's because of their efforts as a team,” Farrow reflected.

Farrow will now spend a few weeks training and trailing new equipment before he hopes to get on the new Olympic track in Korea.

“I want to learn as much about the ice and corner profiles as I can.

“We get the opportunity to slide at the Alpensia Sliding Centre from March 2 and it is a crucial part of preparation towards the Olympics.”

Across the globe, Jackie Narracott also secured a season’s best performance at the BMW ISBF World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland.

“I finished 16th in the end which is a season best. Still not where I’d like to be but moving in the right direction,” Narracott said.

The 26-year-old she said she made some costly errors in her first run, putting her into 17th place despite a huge push start personal best.

In her second run, the Queenslander managed to take 0.99s off her downtime, securing the 9th fastest time of the heat.

“That run was my fastest top speed in years (134km/h) and cracked the 100km/h mark out of Horseshoe (most iconic corner on tour) for the first time.”

Despite not achieveing the exact result she wanted, Narracott said she’s overall happy with the weekend’s performance.

“I’m beginning to feel like everything is falling into place again after a pretty testing season so far.

“Lessons have to be learnt and whilst I’m glad I’m learning them now and not next season it’s nice to have some concrete proof again to back the belief."

Narracott is now training and preparing for competition in Konigssee, Germany and will race again on Friday night.

“Konigssee was one of my better races from last season so looking to use that and the confidence gained from Friday to push for top 10 result.”

Ashleigh Knight

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