Laura Nolte, third at the World Championships, just missed the first win of her career in the overall bobsleigh World Cup.
The 23-year-old finished third in the Olympic dress rehearsal on the natural ice track in St. Moritz in the combined World Cup and European Championships.
In the last two-man race of the season, that wasn’t enough for Nolte (1486) to overtake the American Elana Meyers Taylor (1505), who was fifth in St. Moritz.
Vice world champion Kim Kalicki won the European title with a track record and led the German triple triumph ahead of Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka.
“The joy prevails. Now full throttle towards Beijing,” said Kalicki, who finished on the podium in six of eight World Cup races, in the “ARD”. “The overall World Cup victory would have been nice, but it’s not the priority this season,” said Nolte, who had slight problems with her calf and now also wants to focus on Beijing.
At the end of the season, Meyers Taylor benefited from the World Cup weekend in Sigulda, which the German pilots skipped shortly after the turn of the year.
The American was able to overtake Nolte as a result. At the age of 23, Nolte is still considered a junior in bobsleigh, almost exactly two years ago she entered the World Cup stage for the first time. In 18 races she finished on the podium 13 times and finished first or second eleven times.
“It was a really great performance by all six girls today, really great,” praised national coach Rene Spies: “We’re going towards Yanqing (Olympic ice track, d. Red) with a really good feeling.”