Mono bobsledder Karlien Sleper has closed the World Cup with a twelfth place in Sankt Moritz. After the first descent through the Swiss natural ice rink, Sleper was in eleventh place, in the second run she fell back one place. The 29-year-old Dutchman is almost certain to participate in next month’s Olympic Games in Beijing.
Sleper met the national qualification requirements for the new Olympic event monobob in November with a tenth place on her debut in the World Cup in Innsbruck. Sports umbrella NOC*NSF demands a place in the top 12 at a World Cup competition. Sleper managed to meet that a few times this season.
To actually be allowed to go to Beijing, Sleper has to be in the ranking among the best six women who do not participate in the two-man bob. That ranking will be drawn up on Sunday.
American Kaillie Humphries won the World Cup in Sankt Moritz, 0.04 seconds ahead of compatriot Elana Meyers Taylor. Sleper gave 2.45 seconds to 36-year-old Humphries, the two-time Olympic champion from Canada who has been naturalized as an American. Meyers did win the World Cup, ahead of Humphries. Sleper finished in fifteenth place.
The match in Sankt Moritz also served as European Championship and the Dutch finished sixth in that ranking.
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Mono bobsleder Sleper almost certainly to Winter Games after twelfth place in World Cup | Other sports
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