15th December 2012, La Plagne, France.
Katharine Eustace (Wanaka) achieved another top 15 result in the skeleton racing World Cup race in La Plagne, France.
Racing on the track for the first time Eustace said ‘training had been a real struggle, trying to learn the track in just one week. In the end my best runs were on race day so I am pleased with that, although, I am quite disappointed with 15th place.’
The women’s race was won by Katie Uhlaender, USA, Sarah Reid, Canada and Marion Thees, Germany tied for second place.
La Plagne, the last World Cup race before the break for Christmas, has not been on the skeleton racing circuit for the last few years, until last year. Eustace and Sandford missed the race last year after concentrating on their World Championship campaign so arrived without prior racing on the track.
Sandford placed a disappointing 20th after being in the top 10 in all the other World Cup races so far this season.
Martins Durkurs, Latvia won the mens race, his fourth World Cup win this season, Alexander Tretyakov, Russia second and Tomas Durkurs, Latvia third.
World Cup skeleton racing starts again in the New Year in Altenberg, Germany.