Winter Olympics: Bobsleigh duo Hoey and Bergin on upward curve
Published 26/02/2010 | 05:00
IRELAND'S women's bobsleigh team of Aoife Hoey (Laois) and Claire Bergin (Dublin) improved their international rankings three places by finishing 17th at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, writes cliona foley.
While several big-name competitors -- including the top German and British pairs -- came a cropper on the notoriously fast Whistler track, the Irish pair had a good 54.73 third run to move up to 19th place and then improved further with their final run of 54.58 seconds.
Their 17th place left them ahead of Russia's second team and two places ahead of Australia, the latter a late entry whose arrival threatened Ireland's place in the competition before it even began.
"After all the legal fuss before the competition, we feel vindicated by our results," Hoey said.
Ireland's top female skier Kirsten McGarry finished 50th in the Women's Giant Slalom yesterday, moving up five places after the fog-delayed second round but still 18 seconds behind Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, the surprise winner.
McGarry competes in the Women's Slalom today and Shane O'Connor is the last of the Irish team in action when he competes in the Men's Slalom tomorrow.