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Tobogganing: Overall World Cup victory for ÖRV duo Steu/Kindl

Tobogganing: Overall World Cup victory for ÖRV duo Steu/Kindl
Thomas Steu and Wolfgang Kindl
Image: (APA/dpa/Martin Schutt)

The newly formed ÖRV duo came third in the final competition in Sigulda on Saturday and won the big crystal ball with an 81 point lead over the Germans Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt, who came second in the race. As in the previous week, the victory went to the Latvian local heroes Martins Bots/Roberts Plume.

Tenth podium place

Steu and Kindl made it onto the podium ten times in twelve World Cup races, including three wins. “It was a brutal season. Two times European champions, two times runner-up and now the overall World Cup. We couldn’t have imagined it like that ourselves. I have to say thank you to everyone who supported us,” explained Steu. It’s the second trick for the Vorarlberger, he had already won the big crystal ball with Lorenz Koller three years ago.

It is the ball premiere for his tobogganing partner Kindl. “It’s really unbelievable. Nobody thought we could do that. We said we’d try the project. The fact that it worked out like this is of course a sensation. We crowned this season with the overall World Cup,” said the Tyrolean. The world champions Juri Gatt/Riccardo Schöpf came fourth on Saturday, Yannick Müller/Armin Frauscher came twelfth. In the overall ranking, they placed fifth (Gatt/Schöpf) and seventh.

Women’s doubles also on the podium

In the women’s doubles competition, Selina Egle and Lara Kipp came third behind the Germans Jessica Degenhardt/Cheyenne Rosenthal and Dajana Eitberger/Saskia Schirmer in Sigulda. The Italians Andrea Vötter/Marion Oberhofer secured the overall World Cup, with the ÖRV duo coming in fourth place. Egle/Kipp can also look back on a successful winter, which brought, among other things, the World Cup title, three World Cup victories and the Sprint Crystal Globe. “A mega season, including the world championship title. We know that we still have to work a lot at the start and we will do that,” said Egle.

In the single-seater competitions, only the first races took place on Saturday. In the men’s race, Nico Gleirscher achieved the third fastest time, 0.094 seconds behind the leader Dominik Fiwickeler from Italy and 0.015 seconds behind Felix Loch (GER). Kindl and Jonas Müller are fifth and sixth, David Gleirscher is tenth. In the women’s category, world champion Lisa Schulte is in seventh place, 0.325 seconds behind the leading German overall World Cup winner Julia Taubitz. Madeleine Egle is eleventh, Hannah Prock 14th, Dorothea Schwarz 18th. The second runs and a team relay at the end will take place on Sunday.

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