Neise wins inaugural World Cup skeleton, Clarke 2nd for USA

Neise wins inaugural World Cup skeleton, Clarke 2nd for USA

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) – Olympic champion Hannah Neise of Germany won the first women’s skeleton World Cup race of the season Thursday, while American Hallie Clarke tied for second in its debut and gave the American program its best result in nearly six. years.

Neise finished two races in 1.47.40, while Clarke and Britain’s Brogan Crowley shared silver in 1:47.58.

Clarke, 18, born in Canada but now in her first season running for the United States and first time in a World Cup race, was the leader after the first race but couldn’t hold on to Neise, who went back. to get his first gold at the World Cup.

Clarke’s silver was the first medal for the United States in a World Cup skeleton race since Megan Henry won bronze in Igls, Austria on Jan. 17, 2020. The latest silver for the USA in skeleton was on January 20, 2017, when Kendall Wesenberg was second in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Kelly Curtis, who went to the Olympics last season for the United States, was 11th on Thursday and Wesenberg, in her return to the Worlds after a withdrawal, was 15th in the 16-woman field.

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