Published Tuesday 17 December 2013

Skeleton Racer Katharine Eustace of Wanaka, slid to a career best result finishing 4th in the Lake Placid World Cup race at the home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics on Mt Van Hoevenberg in New York State yesterday.

Eustace placed 5th after the first run but showed consistent sliding on the 2nd run to move up to 4th in the final results.

‘I was so pleased that I could put 2 good runs together. Last year I often had 1 good run and 1 bad one but knew that somewhere in me I could produce a good result and that was today’ said Eustace.

For the 2nd week in a row the race was won by Noelle Pikus-Pace, USA with Lizzy Yarnold, GBR 2nd and Anja Huber, GER 3rd.

Eustace said ‘It’s given me confidence to know that I can slide with the top girls as we head towards Sochi, this result will also help with my Olympic qualification and selection too.’

Sandford improved on his performances of the weeks before finishing 16th.

The mens race was won by Matt Antoine, USA, Alexander Tretiakov, RUS 2nd and Tomass Durkurs, LAT 3rd.

Women’s World Cup skeleton racing has a race in Lake Placid again on Sunday before the break for the Christmas period with racing beginning early January in Winterberg Germany in the New Year.

13th December 2013, Lake Placid, NY, USA.