BOBSLED & SKELETON Preview: World Cup circuit comes to North America

Germany's Francesco Friedrich piloting the two-man bob (Sandro Halank via Wikipedia)

The IBSF World Cup season is three-quarters complete, with the remaining events to be held at Lake Placid, New York – this weekend – and then in Calgary (CAN), followed by the World Championships in Whistler CAN).

Coming west, the standings:

Men’s 2:
1. 1,350 Francesco Friedrich (GER)
2. 1,204 Oskars Kibermanis (LAT)
3. 928 Doninik Dvorak (CZE)
4. 880 Maxim Andrianov 9RUS)
5. 856 Mateusz Luty (POL)

Men’s 4:
1. 1,310 Francesco Friedrich (GER)
2. 1,237 Johannes Lochner (GER)
3. 1,214 Oskars Kibermanis (LAT)
4. 1,137 Nico Walther (GER)
5. 1,120 Maxim Andrianov (RUS)

Women’s 2:
1. 1,295 Mariama Jamanka (GER)
2. 1,196 Stephanie Schneider (GER)
3. 1,128 Anna Kohler (GER)
4. 1,402 Nadezhda Sergeeva (RUS)
5. 1,035 Elana Myers Taylor (USA)

Men’s Skeleton:
1. 1,045 Sung-bin Yun (KOR)
2. 1,044 Alexander Tretiakov (RUS)
3. 969 Nikita Tregubov (RUS)
4. 938 Axel Jungk (GER)
5. 931 Martins Dukurs (LAT)

Women’s Skeleton:
1. 1,062 Elena Nikitina (RUS)
2. 1,019 Jacqueline Loelling (GER)
3. 986 Tina Hermann (GER)
4. 872 Sophia Griebel (GER)
5. 777 Janine Flock (AUT)

Friedrich is the only driver with medals in all six events so far this season, in both the two-man and four-man classes. Jamanka also has medals in all six events in the women’s division. Meyers Taylor would likely be in second place overall among the woman, but was disqualified in the first event of the year because her sled weighed in light. She won the last World Cup event in St. Moritz (SUI).

In Skeleton, Olympic champion Yun also won in St. Moritz for his first victory of the season and took the World Cup lead over Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov by a point. And while Russia’s Nikitina has been on top of the standings all season, she is far from assured even a top-three finish at this point.

NBC has coverage from Lake Placid, first on Friday on NBCSN starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, and on the NBC Olympic Channel on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Eastern time. Look for results here.