Held on the 1.33 kilometre track in Winterberg, Germany, AIS scholarship holders Lucy Chaffer and Michelle Steele had been 10th and 12th in the World Cup standings heading into the event, but things didn’t go their way.
Chaffer started ninth of the 24 sliders, but a big skid between the start and turn one ruined her run and saw her finish 21st, which eliminated her from the competition.
“Not the way I wanted to start the second half,” Chaffer said after the race.
“It's the first time I haven't made a second run. Big learning experience …. just have to put it behind me and keep going.”
The news wasn’t much better for Steele, who was 15th on her first run down the ice, but 20th position on run two dropped her to 20th place overall.
Afterwards, Steele tweeted:
“Pushed out of the groove 2nd run today & finished in 20th. Good and bad days build my motivation. Moving forward! #Sochi 2014”
Despite their results, Chaffer and Steele are still well in contention for a top 10 placing in this season’s World Cup. While Great Britain’s Elizabeth Yarnold is well clear at the top of the leaderboard, Chaffer is just 10 points outside the top 10 in 12th place, while Steele is a further 26 points back in 13th.
In the men’s event, Australia’s John Farrow finished 25th of 29 sliders on his return to the ice.
The next event for Australia’s athletes is the World Cup event in St. Moritz, to be held next weekend.