Schneiderheinze, Thoene in maiden win
Germany's Anja Schneiderheinze teamed up with Lisette Thoene to upset the odds to claim their first two-woman bobsleigh World Cup gold ahead of compatriot and former teammate Sandra Kiriasis in Igls, Austria.
Schneiderheinze and her brakewoman Thoene set the fastest times in both runs to finish in 1:47.26 minutes, 0.16 seconds clear of eight-time overall World Cup champion Kiriasis and her partner Petra Lammert.
The 33-year-old Schneiderheinze, who was Kiriasis’ brakewoman when they claimed Olympic gold in Turin back in 2006, dominated proceedings from start to finish to claim her maiden victory.
And there was further drama behind the front two as the Austrian pairing of Christina Hengster and Inga Versen and the Americans Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling tied for bronze.
Meyers and Eberling were narrowly ahead of the Austrians after the first run but were pegged back by Hengster and Versen in the second outing as the Austrians claimed their first ever World Cup podium.
Meanwhile, the British pairing of Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson put together a decent second run to improve their position to 10th in the final standings, finishing in a time of 1:48.5 minutes.