Skeleton monster Kimberley Bos closed her successful World Cup season on Friday with a bronze medal in Igls. The 27-year-old Dutch already won her fifth medal of the season in Austria.
Bos had to put up with the Russian Elena Nikitina (0.64 seconds) and the Austrian Janine Flock (0.39 seconds) over two runs. She was only five hundredths ahead of the Italian Valentina Margaglio.
After the first run, Bos shared the second time with Flock and she conceded almost half a second to Nikitina. The second moto went a little less well for the Edese, but her finishing time was just enough for the podium.
Earlier this season, Bos won three silver and one bronze in the World Cup. At the European Championship, however, she did not get further than sixth place at the beginning of this month.
Thanks to her good performances, Bos finished third in the World Cup with 1,326 points. The overall victory goes with 1,695 points to Flock, who held the German Tina Hermann 180 points behind. Hermann had to be content with sixth place in Igls.
‘Puzzle to get a giant cup in the car’
Bos is the first Dutch skeleton monster on the final stage of the World Cup. “I am very happy that I also finished third in the final standings”, she jubilated. “That shows that I have taken a step.”
“I received a gigantic cup for that. It is still a puzzle to get it into the car, because it is actually already packed. We drive from here to Königssee and then to Altenberg.”
The World Skeleton Championships are scheduled for 11 and 12 February in Altenberg, Germany.