The Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games created just the right atmosphere for young participants in the sport of skeleton to build their confidence and develop as athletes.
Men’s skeleton winner Sebastian Berneker (GER) was invited to join the German skeleton team a year ago and found he had a talent for sliding.
He won gold with a time of 1 minute, 52.73 seconds ahead of Stefan Richard Geisler‘s (AUT) silver-medal time of 1:54.70 and Corey Gillies’ (CAN) bronze-medal time of 1:55.82.
Berneker insisted his start technique was the key to his triumph. He lost precious seconds in the corners but still recorded the fastest time of the day in both runs and through all split times.
Jacqueline Loelling (GER) slid to a gold medal in the women's skeleton thanks to a stunning second run.
The German's time of 57.43 seconds was almost a full second faster than silver medallist Carina Mair (AUT), who recorded a time of 58.40.
Carli Brockway (CAN) took the bronze medal with a time of 58.48.
Due to heavy snowfall during the women’s first run, crews struggled to keep the course clear. At first, sweeps of the course came between every five racers, but later in the first run they came between every three.
Sliding right after a sweep gives an advantage because the ice is smoother and faster.
Several teams complained because of the change in the number of sliders who were allowed to run before each sweep was made, and the jury decided to cancel the results of the first run and determine the results based on run two alone.
Men's individual - Results - Medalists
Women's individual - Results -Medalists