German sleds dominate bobsleigh World Cup in Austria
Win both men's and women's, stretching World Cup and Olympic streak to 22 straight
Germany continued their dominance of the World Cup bobsleigh circuit on Saturday, grabbing two victories in Igls, Austria.
Stephanie Schneider of Germany rallied in the second heat to win the women's bobsleigh race, her second victory of the season.
Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack finished their two runs in 1 minute, 46.06 seconds. Mariama Jamanka and Kira Lipperheide of Germany took second in 1:46.17.
Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman of the U.S. led after the first heat but finished third. Jamanka medaled for the fifth time in as many women's races this season. The medal was the fourth for Meyers Taylor and the third of the year for Schneider.
WATCH | Stephanie Schneider earns 2nd bobsleigh victory of season:
Later, Germany's Francesco Friedrich improved to 5-for-5 in two-man races this season, teaming with Thorsten Margis for another victory. Germany also took second in that race, with Johannes Lochner and Florian Bauer holding off the Lativan sled driven by Oskars Kibermanis and pushed by Matiss Miknis.
Canada's Justin Kripps finished fourth with partner Cameron Stones, 0.45 seconds off the lead.
"The key to Igls is having a fast start. It's kind of like a push championships here," said the 32-year-old Kripps. "I'm happy we were in the fight and we had pretty good speeds at the bottom of the track."
Nick Poloniato teamed up with Olympic teammate, Ben Coakwell of Saskatoon, to post a season-best, seventh-place finish. Poloniato piloted his sled to a two-run time of 1:43.64.
"The boys have been pulling double duty this week sliding with me and Poloniato so that our team can maximize his points before World Championships so there may be a bit of fatigue building up," said Kripps. "It will be nice to have a bit of time away from racing after this weekend for all of us to recover a bit."
The wins extended Germany's streak of victories in World Cup and Olympic bobsleigh races to 22, going back to last year.
Watch the four-man bobsleigh live on CBCSports.ca Sunday at 8 a.m. ET.
WATCH | Friedrich once again victorious in 2-man bobsleigh:
With files from CBC Sports