The Intercontinental Cup moved to Igls in Austria and saw Laura Deas grab eighth place, a marked improvement on Saturday’s session.
Deas ended the first day in nineteenth place, only one place ahead of Maria Montejano of Spain, the slowest woman to finish both runs. Not one to give up, she returned on Sunday with one solid slide followed by an average one to move up the standings. Deas was able to capitalise on a mixed day for her rivals; Russia’s Maria Orlova’s first run was good enough for second place, but a shocking follow-up saw her results slide down to tenth. In the end, Deas shared eighth with Japan’s Nozomi Komuro, 1.37 seconds off the lead. Rose McGrandle’s fortunes went in the other direction, with a seventh on Saturday making way for 13th today. It was McGrandle’s worst performance of the season so far, with a poor second run to blame. Even so, the Brit was only 0.15 seconds behind Deas in the incredibly close contest.
On the men’s side of the second-tier competition, David Michael Swift’s weekend improved marginally as he finished 11th with a time of 1:50.89. His runs got better throughout the weekend, with his final go good enough for ninth.