Thomas Steu and Wolfgang Kindl won the overall World Cup doubles title in their first season together. The newly formed ÖRV duo finished third in the final competition in Sigulda on Saturday and won the big crystal ball, 81 points ahead of Germany’s Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt, who finished second in the race. Just like last week, the victory was won by local Latvian heroes Martins Bots/Roberts Plume.

Stu and Kindle have been on the podium ten times in twelve World Cup races, including three wins. “It’s been a brutal season. Two-time European champions, two-time runners-up, and now the overall World Championship. We couldn’t imagine this ourselves. I have to say thank you to everyone who supported us,” Stu explained. . This is Vorarlberger’s second stunt, having already won a large crystal ball from Lorenz Koller three years ago.

This is the ball’s premiere for his luge partner Kindle. “It’s really incredible. Nobody thought we could do it. We said we’d try this project. The fact that it worked is, of course, a sensation. We ended this season with the overall World Cup,” said the Tyrolean. World champions Jüri Gatt/Riccardo Schöpf took fourth place on Saturday, Yannick Müller/Armin Frauscher – twelfth. In the overall ranking they took fifth (Gatt/Schopf) and seventh places.

Egle and Kipp take third place

In women’s doubles, Selina Egle and Lara Kipp finished third behind Germans Jessica Degenhardt/Cheyenne Rosenthal and Diana Eitberger/Saskia Schirmer in Sigulda. The Italians Andrea Vetter/Marion Oberhofer secured victory in the overall World Cup, while the ÖRV duo finished fourth. Egle/Kipp can also look back on a successful winter that brought, among other things, a World Cup title, three World Cup victories and a Crystal Globe in the sprint. “Mega season, including the world title. We know we still have a lot of work to do at the start, and we will do it,” Egle said. (APA/Jum)



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