The weather this morning was better than yesterday – very misty on occasion, but quick to clear. No more rain, and the guys at the track had done a great job getting the ice smooth again.
Early reports from the Skeleton racers confirmed that the ice was smooth and fast.
The warm up was tricky because the large area on the right of the track that the athletes use to exercise on was pretty icey and skiddy, so a definite risk of injury. Our teams used the salted road leading up to the run, and despite the difficulties, morale was good.
Lee and Nikki lifted the sled on the track for the first run, and gave encouragement to the youngest team ever put on ice by Team GB – combined age of 77!
It is hard to show in photographs the sheer force and drive exerted by a 4 man bobsleigh team, but hopefully this set of pictures might help!
In the words of Gary Anderson – Performance director:
Good steady result from GBR 1 and GBR 2 on World Cup this morning.
Jackson 8th just 0.01s behind Olympic Champion Holcomb and ahead of two Germans, two USA and all Canadians.
Even more encouraging when you consider that we have two of our top brakeman out with illness/injury – Ben Simons stepped in just 1 hour before race after Andy Matthews struggled with bad sickness.
Lamin was a creditable 17th in his first World Cup 4-man.
Our ranking remains 5th in the World.
As for Big Ant Video, Lauren Forrow and Sir Andrew Ridgeway who had stoically braved the cold and cheered on the team until we could barely talk? We went into the beautiful Innsbruck to check out the Christmas market!