Fast Slides in opening races for Australian athletes
22 November 2016
SKELETON: Australian Skeleton athletes have finished in podium places in their opening races to start the qualification process for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games. This year's series collects crucial point for a world ranking that the athlete will take into the Olympic year.
Nick Timmings ( Perth, WA, AUS) put points up for his world ranking in his first races of the year in Igls, Austria. Timmings who missed out on qualification in Sochi 2014 is looking to close in on his first Olympics in Korea 2018. After breaking the Australian start and downtime records for Igls Timmings said,
"Although i had little mistakes on parts of the track i ended up finishing 17th from a field of 33 sleds on both race days. I’m happy and am feeling very positive with these results. I was especially pleased with how my start times were"
The next races on the ICC circuit will be held in Konigssee, Germany.
"Im hoping to continue my solid consistent performances with hopefully a top 10 in the coming races. I plan to continue improving my sliding and maintaining good start times while racing in europe before i fly to whistler for 2 more races before the first half of the season is complete for me" Said Timmings.
2014 Sochi Olympian, John Farrow started his Skeleton season off with races in Calgary, Canada. He finished 4th on the first day of racing and moved up to the 2nd place to finish of the podium claiming silver for Australia on Day 2.
“It is a long season and i am easing into it to taper at the end around March in Korea, starting with a 4th was solid first race here in calgary but i knew i could do better and was nice to raise the Aussie flag in 2nd place on day 2” Said farrow.
“I had a few wild moments on the sled this week taking some hits and few cuts and blood but that happens when you make mistakes at 120km/h, im glad to get through it and i will take confidence into the next races”
He will be joined in Whistler by Timmings and Australia’s highest ranked female skeleton athlete Jackie Narracott who is also looking for points to shoot her up the skeleton world rankings. Narracott finished 20th in the world last year and is on the hunt to make that a top 10 this year to chase olympic medals in Korea.
Not happy with her performance in Calgary she is looking for a return to form in Whistler.
“The races in the end went ok. I was disappointed not to win, especially with how training was going. However, the fact I came away with a push PB, downtime PB (from earlier training) and sliding better than ever means that Calgary itself was still a success. “ Said Narracott.
After Missing the Whistler World Cup last year from a concussion Narracott said “Back to my favourite track, Whistler, for the NACs and the first WC of the year. I'm very much looking forward to being back on a track I love and one which I unfortunately wasn't able to slide last year.”
The first World cup for skeleton begins in Whistler, Canada on fri the 2nd of december 2016.