Germany opens bobsled worlds with double gold; Kaillie Humphries will get silver

Laura Nolte Bobsled

Laura Nolte Bobsled

Germans Laura Nolte and Johannes Lochner dethroned the reigning Olympic and world champions to open the world bobsled championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, this weekend.

Nolte, the Olympic two-woman champion driver, received the four-run monobob by 4 tenths of a second over American Kaillie Humphries, who received the primary world title within the occasion in 2021 and the primary Olympic title within the occasion in 2022. One other German, Lisa Buckwitz, took bronze.

Within the two-man, Lochner turned the primary driver to beat countryman Francesco Friedrich in an Olympic or world championships occasion since 2016, ending Friedrich’s report 12-event win streak at world championships.

Friedrich, defeated by 49 hundredths, noticed his streak of seven consecutive world two-man titles was additionally snapped.

Lochner, 32, received his first outright world title after seven Olympic or world silvers, plus a shared four-man gold with Friedrich in 2017.

Swiss Michael Vogt drove to bronze, one hundredth behind Friedrich. Geoff Gadbois and Martin Christofferson crammed the highest American sled in 18th.

Individuals Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton have been the final non-Germans to win a world two-man title in 2012.

Bobsled worlds end subsequent weekend with the two-woman and four-man occasions.

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