Adam Rosen completed his luge season last weekend with a visit to the sliding centre in Sochi that he will get to grips with in next year’s Winter Olympics.
Bringing the Viessmann Luge World Cup to a close in Russia, Rosen enjoyed another decent finish to the Nations Cup competition, qualifying for the main World Cup event in 16th once again. On three occasions out of the last four meetings, Rosen has finished in that position within strong fields. This was only punctuated by the run at Winterberg in January, finishing in a season’s best of 10th.
Throughout the weekend, Rosen’s strength was his start. A push-off of 4.677 seconds was the 11th fastest of the competition, but subsequent sectors saw his times gradually fall off the pace. By the end, Rosen finished with a time of 53.713, 0.7 seconds off the lead of Switzerland’s Gregory Carigiet. His average speed was slower than several of his opponents that finished below him, surely prompting the need to avoid mistakes down the run.
His World Cup on Sunday went about as well as could be expected, as the finished up 31st out of the 32 starters. Once again, his starts were perfectly good, his first run putting him at 19th at one point. Rosen struggled at the midway point, though and his position quickly dropped from 18th to 30th. By the end of the second run, Rosen was 1.103 seconds slower than Germany’s Andi Langenhan. Both runs were slower than his qualifying Nations Cup attempt, so he needs to keep up the consistency, both within his runs and throughout a competition.
Rosen was almost ever-present throughout the season, missing out only in Sigulda. The final points tally sees him finish 19th in the Nations Cup overall with 198 points. In the World Cup, his 106 point final score was good enough for 31st. The next time Rosen appears to artificial track action will be in preparation for a return to Sochi, surely as Team GB’s sole luge entrant in any discipline.