Kimberley Bos and Martins Dukurs win overall skeleton World Cup crowns

Bos becomes the first Dutch athlete to win the overall title, as Latvia's Dukurs wins for 11th time 

By Sean McAlister
Picture by Viesturs Lacis

In a thrilling end to the World Cup season, the Netherlands' Kimberley Bos was crowned the overall World Cup winner for the 2021/22 season following a second-place finish in St. Moritz.

Bos entered the day knowing that any finish eighth or higher would see her take the title. However, the Dutch slider left nothing to chance coming home 0.06 seconds behind the day's winner, Australia's Jaclyn Narracott, to secure her first overall World Cup victory.

The win not only represents an excellent personal achievement, it is also a historic win for the Netherlands as Bos becomes the first skeleton athlete from the country to win the overall title. The result also saw her claim the European Championships title - another first for a Dutch athlete - as she finished 0.74 seconds ahead of her closest European rival, Janine Flock of Austria.

Bos has now finished on the podium in six of this season's eight World Cup competitions with two wins, three silvers and one bronze.

With under a month until the Opening Ceremony of this year's Olympic Winter Games, which begin in Beijing on 4 February, Bos will now be installed as the favourite for the Olympic title. However, she is likely to face stiff competition from Flock and ROC's Elena Nikitina, who finished second and third in the overall standings, respectively.

Final overall World Cup standings

  1. Kimberley Bos, Netherlands, 1600 points
  2. Janine Flock, Austria, 1481 points
  3. Elena Nikitina, ROC, 1458 points

European Championships results

  1. Kimberley Bos, Netherlands
  2. Janine Flock, Austria
  3. Valentina Margaglio, Italy

Skeleton World Cup St. Moritz results

  1. Jaclyn Narracott, Australia
  2. Kimberley Bos, Netherlands
  3. Mirela Rahneva, Canada

In the men's competition, Martins Dukurs capped an excellent World Cup season with a victory in St. Moritz that also handed him his 11th overall World Cup title and 12th European Championship crown.

The Latvian was in a league of his own in Switzerland, winning with a combined time of 2:14.39, a full 0.45 seconds ahead of second-place Alexander Gassner. Third on the day was Christopher Grotheer who joined his compatriot Gassner on the podium.

With Europeans occupying the top three places, the medals for the European Championships went the same way as today's race, with Dukurs first, Gassner second and Grotheer third.

And with the World Cup finale now complete, the crystal globes were awarded to Dukurs, Axel Jungk and Grotheer, who complete the podium for the overall title.

Final overall World Cup standings

  1. Martins Dukurs, Latvia, 1623 points
  2. Axel Jungk, Germany, 1551 points
  3. Christopher Grotheer, Germany, 1547 points

European Championships/St. Mortiz World Cup results

  1. Martins Dukurs
  2. Alexander Gassner
  3. Christopher Grotheer

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