Andrea Voter and Marion Oberhofer won. © Hermann Sobe
Success is near: Marion Oberhofer (Rodneck) and Andrea Wouter (Vols), who had already climbed the podium twice at the start of the season in Eagles, celebrated their historic first World Cup victory in doubles in Whistler on Saturday evening Celebrated. (Canada).
December 10, 2022
For a long time, the world’s best lugers have been pushing for the introduction of women’s doubles, and this season the time has finally come. The International Luge Federation FIL introduced the discipline, which will make its Olympic debut in 2026. Two South Tyrolean women are among the best in the world in their debut year: 27-year-old Andrea Wotter and 21-year-old Marion Oberhofer, who beamed from the top step of the podium in Canada.
The pair were third at the half-time – but only 24 thousandths of a second behind leaders Jessica Degenhardt and Cheyenne Rosenthal from Germany. In the decision, the South Tyrolean then ignited the turbo and held off the previously leading Austrians Selina Eigl and Lara Michaela Kip, not least thanks to a promising start. A big mistake by American pair Emily Sweeney and Summer Britcher then gave the South Tyroleans the advantage. Degenhardt and Rosenthal put in a masterful performance shortly afterwards, but Vötter and Oberhofer celebrated at the end of this thrilling thriller. They were 41 thousandths ahead of Eagle/Kip and 0.056 seconds ahead of the Germans. Coaches Armin Zoggeller & Co. were certainly overjoyed afterwards.
The South Tyrolean men had already missed out on the top spot in the doubles. When Toni Eggert and Sascha Benneken won, Ivan Nagler and Fabian Malair finished 10th (+0.541 sec) as the best local athletes. Ludwig Ryder and Patrik Rastner had to be content with 14th place (+0.677), while Emanuel Ryder and Simon Kanzwaldner fell in the second run. They were in 7th position till half time.
|1.||Marian Oberhofer and Andrea Voter||Rodeneck/Walls||1:17.912 minutes|
|2.||Selina Eagle / Lara Michaela Kip||Austria||+ 0.041 sec|
|3.||Jessica Degenhart and Chayenne Rosenthal||Germany||+0.056|
|4.||Emily Sweeney / Summer Britcher||United States of america||+0.310|
|5.||Chevon Forgan / Sophia Kirkby||United States of america||+0.511|
|1.||Tony Eggert and Sasha Benneken||Germany||1.16.554|
|2.||Tobias Wendel / Tobias Arlt||Germany||+ 0.051|
|3.||Juri Gatt/Ricardo Schopf||Austria||+0.186|
|4.||Cole Zajansky/Devin Wardrop||Canada||+ 0.209|
|5.||Hannes Oerlamunder / Paul Gubitz||Germany||+0.212|
|10||Ivan Nagler / Fabian Mailer||Campil/Volan||+0.541|
|14.||Ludwig Ryder and Patrick Rastner||Meransen/Lucene||+0.677|
|DNF||Emmanuel Ryder and Simon Kanzwaldner||vilandro/maranza|
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