Adam Rosen achieved a respectable 18th place in the Koenigsee leg of the Viessmann Luge World Cup on Saturday.
Intermediate times for Rosen’s opening Nations Cup run were good enough for 15th place out of the 37 starters, a pace he was able to maintain until the halfway point. Unfortunately, a disastrous third sector dropped him to 20th place, from where he was able to build once again and rescue his run. As it happened, 20th would have been enough to see him qualify for the World Cup round the next day.
As expected, Rosen found the more competitive final day a lot tougher and, out of the 31 lugers able to complete two runs on the German ice, he was only able to muster 28th place, 1.730 seconds behind winner David Möller, a home outsider. In a reverse of Saturday, Rosen kicked off badly with a start of 3.382 both times. On both occasions, he improved his position in the second sectors but capitulated both times and may be disappointed that he didn’t break the 130km/h barrier.
The Viessmann World Cup moves to Oberhof, the scene of Lizzy Yarnold’s recent strong run in the skeleton, next week. However, the most attention will be focused on the FIL European Championships on the same site and Rosen will relish the chance to remove the dominant Americans from the equation.