Canadian Cynthia Appiah finished in the top five in the women’s monobob competition at the IBSF World Cup in Altenburg, Germany on Saturday. Meanwhile, American Kaillie Humphries won her second consecutive race at the German track, finishing with a combined time of two heats of two minutes and 0.61 seconds.
Lora Nolte of Germany was second to Humphries for the second consecutive week with a time of 2:01.13, and Breeana Walker of Australia took bronze, clocking in at 2:01.89.
North York, Ontario native Appiah didn’t get the start she wanted in her first race, posting a ninth best time in 1:01.52, but she saved her day in heat two with a time of 1:00.90 . That time was a better mark than any run outside of Humphries and Nolte in any heat, and allowed her to finish with a total time of 2:02.42.
The Winnipeg native started with the seventh fastest time in the first heat in 1:01.31, but skidded into the Kreisel, sending her off course and turning her sled on its side.
Ribi regained control to the point where she was able to get her bobsled back on track, but the damage was done and she clocked the slowest time of the day at 1:05.07, bringing her total to 2:06.38 for a 14th-place finish.
WATCH | Appiah and Ribi compete in monobob in Germany:
The 26-year-old still ranks in the top five overall with 985 points, thanks in large part to her gold medal in Whistler, BC, in November, while Appiah is third with 1,106 points.
Humphries and Nolte occupy the top two spots with 1,295 and 1,230 points, respectively.
Canadians finish 17th in 2-man
Later in the day, Canadians Taylor Austin and Cyrus Gray finished 17th in the two-man bobsleigh event.
Lethbridge, Alta., Austin native and Gray of Duncan, BC, posted a total time of 1:53.58 over two heats, 2.08 seconds behind gold medalists Johannes Lochner and Erec Bruckert of Germany.
WATCH | Germany race to top on home soil:
This is the fifth consecutive World Cup race that Lochner has taken gold, while compatriot Francesco Friedrich – alongside partner Alexander Schueller – has taken bronze for the second consecutive week on home soil, with a total time of 1:51.88.
Swiss duo Michael Vogt and Sandro Michel took silver, finishing just 0.05 behind first place.
The action continues on Sunday in Altenberg with four men’s and women’s bobsleigh events.
Men’s and women’s skeleton and bobsleigh athletes are back in action next Thursday at the world championships in St. Louis. Moritz, Switzerland, while the next World Cup event is scheduled to kick off on February 10th in Innsbruck, Austria.