In the canadian Whistler season kicks off, the world Cup bobsleigh and skeleton

В канадском Уистлере стартует сезон Кубка мира по бобслею и скелетону

The pre-Olympic season world Cup bobsled and skeleton kicks off on Friday with canadian stage in Whistler. The Russian team will be represented in the competition in three men’s and two women’s bobsled crews, as well as six two-seater.

In the current world Cup season will be held eight stages. The first two will be held in North America in addition to Whistler (2-3 December), the track of the Olympic Games-2010 in Vancouver, competitions will also be held at the American lake placid (16-17 December). After the New year, the strongest bobsleigh and skeleton racers in the world will move to Europe, where they wait for two stages in Germany in Altenberg (6-8 January) and Winterberg (13-15 January), the competition which will be combined with the European championship.

The fifth stage of the season will take Swiss St. Moritz (20-22 January), the sixth – German königssee (27-29 January), and the seventh Austrian eagles (3-5 Feb). Then in the world Cup will be a break for the world Cup which will be held in Sochi. Final stage will be held 17-19 March at the new track in South Korea’s Pyeongchang – the capital of winter Olympic games in 2018.

В канадском Уистлере стартует сезон Кубка мира по бобслею и скелетону
The national team of Russia in bobsleigh in twos.

In the men’s tournament of twos and fours, the Russian team will be presented to the crew of pilot Alexander Kasyanov, Alexey and Maxim Andrianov Stulneva. In the ladies pairs will perform Russian woman Aleksandra Rodionova and Nadezhda Sergeeva. The composition of the national team skeleton was determined by the results of the Cup of Russia, according to the results in the national team for the start-up stages of the world Cup entered Elena Nikitina, Maria Orlova, Yulia Kanakia Oleksandr Tretyakov, Nikita Tregubov and Egor Veselov.

In bobsleigh, the range of rivals of Russians remains unchanged. First and foremost, it’s bobsleigh national team of Germany, the composition of which is not weakened even for many unexpected retirement of one of the perennial leaders of the team Maximilian Arndt. In addition to the young but already experienced pilot Francesco Friedrich and Nico Walther in Whistler will be the world Junior champion and silver medalist of the world championship 2016 in twos Johannes Lochner. Among the other contenders for success this season, the Swiss Rico Peter, American Steven Holcomb, Korean Won, Yun young, canadian Justin Cripps.

But the world champion in fours Latvian Oscar Melbardis on the first two stages and the whole team Latvia bobsleigh does not speak, the pilot is still recovering from injury and will take the ice only after the New year. In the women’s bobsleigh for leadership will again fight American crew: two-time Olympic champion Canadians Kayleigh Humphries and American Elana Meyers-Taylor and Jamie Grubel-Poseur.

In the men’s skeleton remains the main favourite of the Latvian Martin Dukurs, a constant winner of the world Cup in recent years. Claims for medals and his elder brother Thomas Dukurs and Tretiakov Russians and Tregubov, Germans Axel UNGC and the Korean Sunbin young. In the women’s competition in the current season will perform propustila year the Briton Lizzy Yarnold is the Olympic champion and Sochi. To argue for leadership, apart from Russia, she will women’s Tina Hermann and Jacqueline Selling, canadian Channell Jane and Elizabeth Watie and Austrian Janine Flock.

Season 2016/17 will be the first stage of selection for the Olympic games in Pyeongchang. In order to qualify for a hit to the Olympics, athletes need to spend the next two seasons at least five races on three different tracks. In the count stages of the world Cup, European Cup, North America Cup and Intercontinental Cup (skeleton). The quotas for participation in the Olympic games will be finally distributed in January 2018 on the basis of the world rankings.

В канадском Уистлере стартует сезон Кубка мира по бобслею и скелетону
Russian skeleton racer Maria Orlova