The world Cup race in tobogganing at the lake Königssee in Bavaria, was overshadowed by a serious fall. The Russian entrant Viktoria Demchenko knocked in the first run of your sled, bounced off your helmet on the track.

Unconscious Demchenko was slipped by the ice track, and with the head a second Time against distance rebounded. Paramedics took care of the Russian, they brought on a Stretcher on the track, and with a ambulance to a hospital.

The 23-year-old daughter of former Rennrodlers Albert Demchenko suffered a traumatic brain injury. The race doctor Dr. Andreas leidinger said. “She was at any time a stable circulation,” he said.

Difficult weather conditions at the Königssee

The accident had happened in one of the fastest sections of the track. Demtschenkos fall was not the only one on the lake Königssee. Also Demtschenkos team colleague, Ekaterina Baturina, and the Austrian Birgit Platzer lost in heavy snow in control of your sled, remained but unharmed.

The victory at the world Cup races, the German Rodlerin Julia Taubitz won. Luge-Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger not came on place eight. For the first Time in seven years she didn’t win the race on your home track. The two runs of Geisenberger had been affected by the weather conditions.

“You could roll the dice the order,” said Geisenberger. “I just had bad luck with my start positions. The railway was swept away long before me and after me.” Taubitz was happy to lie by the victory of 17 points in the overall standings behind geisenberger. “Right in front of me the road was swept, I was lucky, too,” she said.”

double win in the double-seater

Previously, had Toni Eggert and Sascha basin won the race in the Luge doubles. The Duo drew the attention of the Olympic Champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt with a good three-tenths of a second. Due to the success they built on the lead in the world Cup and now has 109 points on Wendl and kind.

Eggert and pool won for the first Time against Wendl and kind on their home track at the Königssee. Since January 2010, the Olympic champion of Sochi and Pyeongchang had won every race on the track. “We were never sure if it is in our career, and it is possible to hit the two on the Königssee,” said Eggert: “But today, much has passed.”


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