Weather plays havoc in Winterberg

Fri, 16 Dec 20:25:00 2011

Shelley Rudman was a victim of the weather, failing to qualify for the top 10 shoot-out in the World Cup skeleton race in Winterberg.

Britain's Shelley Rudman races down the ice track during her third run of the women's FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships competition in the Bavarian resort of Schoenau am Koenigssee February 26, 2011 - 0

With heavy snow falling in the morning race organisers reduced the women's event to a single heat. When the race finally got underway in foggy, rainy conditions, Rudman's early starting place gave her a disadvantage on the ice, and she lumbered to 13th place.

Rudman was not alone - in total five of the 10 women ranked in the top 10, hindered by the elements, missed out on the shoot-out.

Olympic champion Amy Williams squeaked through, however, finishing in a share of ninth place.

There was trouble too in the men's race as heavy winds forced cancellation midway through the second round. Organisers took the decision to nullify the results of those who had been able to complete their second run, instead declaring the results of the first run final.

Britain's Andy Wood (ninth) and Kristan Bromley (10th) made it through, but Adam Pengilly was eliminated in 12th.

Organisers hope that racing will be possible on Saturday, but the forecast promises some more difficult weather.


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