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Two, Women

Date19 – 21 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationCesana Pariol
Participants32 from 10 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 19
Length: 1435 m
Start Altitude: 1683 m
Vertical Drop: 114 m

Since the Games of Salt Lake City Germany had taken a tight grip on the world of women’s bobsleigh. Susi Erdmann had begun the Olympic cycle as the dominant force in the sport but she had later been superseded by her compatriot Sandra Kiriasis. The strength of the Germans was made clear by the fact that World Cup runner-up Cathleen Martini failed to make the team. The only realistic threat to German dominance came from the USA and, with home advantage, the Italians. True to form Kiriasis and her brakewoman, the former speed skater Anja Schneiderheinze, led on the first run followed by her German compatriot Erdmann. Difficult track conditions caused the field to close up after the second run but Germany still held the top two positions. The third run effectively decided the Olympic championship as while Kiriasis took her lead from a tenth to over half a second as Erdmann faltered badly and slipped from second to fourth. Kiriasis and Schneiderheinze comfortably held their lead to the finish and as Germany II slipped further down the leaderboard it was to be the sleds from USA, Italy and Canada that would contest the other medals. Canada I’s late charge could not propel them onto the podium and it was to be the American pairing of pilot Shauna Rohbock and brakewoman Valerie Fleming who would finish ahead of Italy for silver. Rohbock’s Olympic medal came four years after she suffered the disappointment of being dropped as eventual Salt Lake City champion Jill Bakken’s brakewoman shortly before the Games. Gerda Weissensteiner’s bronze medal meant that she became the first person of either sex to win Olympic medals at both bobsleigh and luge.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
16Germany IGER3:49.9857.16 (1)57.77 (=7)57.34 (1)57.71 (1)Gold
Sandra KiriasisAnja Schneiderheinze
210United States IUSA3:50.6957.37 (=3)57.65 (2)57.78 (3)57.89 (3)Silver
Shauna RohbockValerie Fleming
34Italy IITA3:51.0157.50 (5)57.67 (=3)57.71 (2)58.13 (=4)Bronze
Gerda WeissensteinerJennifer Isacco
43Canada ICAN3:51.0657.37 (=3)57.77 (=7)58.09 (7)57.83 (2)
Helen UppertonHeather Moyse
51Germany IIGER3:51.3257.26 (2)57.75 (6)58.04 (6)58.27 (6)
Susi ErdmannNicole Herschmann
68United States IIUSA3:51.7857.97 (10)57.67 (=3)57.81 (4)58.33 (7)
Jean PrahmVonetta Flowers
79Russian Federation RUS3:51.9357.64 (6)57.72 (5)58.44 (11)58.13 (=4)
Viktoriya TokovayaNadezhda Orlova
82Switzerland ISUI3:52.0457.72 (7)57.78 (10)58.00 (5)58.54 (11)
Maya BamertMartina Feusi
95Great Britain GBR3:52.1657.78 (8)57.49 (1)58.41 (9)58.48 (10)
Nicola Gautier-MinichielloJackie Davies
1012Switzerland IISUI3:52.8657.86 (9)57.92 (12)58.73 (13)58.35 (=8)
Sabina HafnerCora Huber
1114Netherlands IINED3:52.9058.05 (11)58.08 (13)58.42 (10)58.35 (=8)
Eline JurgKitty van Haperen
1211Italy IIITA3:52.9658.26 (12)57.77 (=7)58.38 (8)58.55 (12)
Jessica GillarduzziFabiana Mollica
1313Canada IICAN3:53.8258.49 (13)57.86 (11)58.65 (12)58.82 (14)
Suzanne Gavine-HladyJamie Cruickshank
1416Australia AUS3:55.1158.53 (14)58.85 (15)59.00 (14)58.73 (13)
Astrid Loch-WilkinsonKylie Reed
1515Japan JPN3:57.4959.41 (15)58.80 (14)59.51 (15)59.77 (15)
Manami HinoChisato Nagaoka
AC7Netherlands INED1:00.13 (16)– (DNS)DNF
Ilse BroedersJeannette Pennings