World Skeleton and Bobsleigh Championships: Hallie Clarke Crowned as Skeleton World Champion

The Triumph of Hallie Clarke at the Skeleton and Bobsleigh World Championships

Canada’s own Hallie Clarke swept the lead in the women’s round at the World Skeleton and Bobsleigh Championships on Friday in Winterberg.

The 19-year-old athlete, hailing from Brighton, Ontario, clocked a record-breaking time of three minutes and 51.27 seconds across four races. This impressive win has crowned her the youngest skeleton champion in the record books.

Brighton finds itself nestled between Kingston and Toronto.

Clarke was in a head-to-head competition with Germany’s Hannah Neise after the third race. However, Clarke ultimately clinched victory with a time of 56.93 seconds, the fastest in the entirety of the competition.

“It truly feels surreal — like I’m still in a dream”, Clarke shared with the website of the International Skeleton and Bobsleigh Federation. “My initial goal was to enjoy the moment. I could not have anticipated being in this scenario.”

Belgium’s Kim Meylemans claimed the second spot, trailing Clarke by a mere 22 hundredths of a second.

This marks the first time Belgium has made the podium at the World Skeleton Championships.

Neise, however, who held the Olympic championship title in 2022, could only secure a bronze medal, finishing 26 hundredths of a second behind the winner.

In 2022, Clarke won a silver medal at the World Cup held in Whistler.

Since Michelle Kelly triumphed in 2003, she is the second Canadian woman to seize victory at the World Championships.

Mirela Rahneva of Ottawa, who scored a bronze medal at the previous year’s World Championships in Saint-Moritz, had to settle for seventh place this time around.

Finally, Jane Channell from Calgary came in the 11th place in the competition.

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