Mirela Rahneva wins her 10th World Cup skeleton medal

Mirela Rahneva (Sandro Halank, Wikimedia Commons)

Mirela Rahneva of Ottawa, Ontario won her 10th World Cup women’s skeleton medal of her career on Friday. She placed third in a World Cup women’s skeleton event in Winterberg, Germany.

Rahneva had a time of 1:53.97. She reached the podium by three one-hundredths of a second over Jacqueline Loelling of Germany, who had a time of 1:54.00. Loelling’s second run was excellent, as she had a time of 56.75 and got her into medal contention, after having only the seventh fastest time in the first run.

Kim Bos of the Netherlands won the gold medal with a time of 1:53.68. Tina Hermann of Germany won the silver medal with a time of 1:53.93.

Despite the podium finish in Winterberg, Rahneva is still only in 13th place in the World Cup women’s skeleton standings with 528 points. Bos leads with 821 points. The bronze medal for Rahneva was a huge bounce back to her season to date, after finishing only in 14th, 11th, and 18th place in her first three World Cup women’s skeleton races.

In her career, Rahneva now has 10 World Cup women’s skeleton medals. She has three gold medals, three silver medals, and four bronze medals. The bronze medal in Winterberg will give her confidence as she prepares for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.


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