The Altenberg track is notoriously unforgiving and rated as one of the most challenging on the global circuit. True to form it proved treacherous for a number of competitors in this years World Championships.
At World Championship and Olympic sliding events, four heats take place to decided the winner, and after the first two heats on day one Walker was in 15th place, 2.11 seconds behind first place.
Racing in the third heat on the second day of competition, Walker had a great start recording the third fastest start time and was set for an improved run before her sled toppled over towards the end of the course. After sliding upside down for a section of the track, the sled did recover and Walker was able to complete her run ranked 18th overall after three heats.
After the incident in the previous run, Walker was forced to withdraw from the fourth and final heat due to mechanical breakage of her sled.
Walker will now compete in the final monobob world series event next weekend in Konigssee, Germany, on February 20.
IMAGE: Bree Walker in the start gate at Altenberg © IBSF TV