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Skeleton season in full swing for Aussies

20 January 2017

SKELETON: It’s all systems go for the green and gold skeleton athletes as the 2016/2017 season gets into full swing and the Aussies continue to log strong results.

Top female athlete Jackie Narracott took to the track last Sunday, battling icy conditions in Winterberg Germany as she contested another leg of the ISBF World Cup.

Overall the 26-year-old was disappointed with her 21st place finish after tough conditions forced the usual two run event into one heat.

“There was so much snow in the groove that I pushed 0.5s slower than my PB,” Narracott said.

“The run itself was my best of the week but the start totally ruined any hope I had of a good result. That being said I'm proud of myself for not letting the situation get to me, performing under pressure and executing my plan.“

Narracott will race again in St Moritz, Switzerland on Friday afternoon and the Queenslander will be hoping to replicate the fast run she’s previously had on the track.

“I finished 14th here last year so the goal is definitely to equal or go better than that.

“Hopefully the weather stays like it is now (cold and sunny), then it'll be a brilliant race and week.”

Across the globe in Lake Placid, USA, John Farrow turned up the heat on Thursday afternoon, finishing fourth in race 7 of the North American Cup.

After finishing a mere +0.51 seconds behind the leader, the Sochi Olympian will contest race 8 on Friday afternoon as he hopes to earn himself a place on the podium.

Fellow Australian Nick Timmings finished in a strong 11th place ahead of brother Dean in 23rd in race 7 and will again lace up their spikes in race 8 alongside Farrow and fellow Aussie Peter Makrides.

Ashleigh Knight
olympics.com.au

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