Photo courtesy of
SGT Shauna Rohbock, right, and her
teammate, Michelle Rzepka, teamed up to win the
two-man bobsled World Cup competition Dec. 5.
CESANA, Italy — The
U.S. women’s bobsled team is on its way to qualifying
three sleds in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games after all
three drivers finished in the top six standings in
Cesana, Italy’s World Cup competition today.
Shauna Rohbock, a sergeant in the Utah Army National
Guard, has been chasing the elusive gold medal on the
2006 Olympic track, and finally sunk her teeth into a
“It only took me four years to finally get it,” said
Rohbock. “Beating the Germans by this much just doesn’t
happen, so it definitely feels good.”
Rohbock teamed with Michelle Rzepka to not just win the
competition, but to dominate the field of 21 sleds by
0.34 seconds with a combined time of 1:56.09 in a sport
that’s won by hundredths of a second.
Rohbock’s sliding resume on the Cesana track includes
three silver medals, including the 2006 Olympic silver
medal. The gold escaped her until today.
“I’ve been waiting for
this,” said Rohbock. “My first run felt good, but I knew I
finally won during my second run. It felt pretty awesome.”
The Olympian navigated her
Bodyn sled down the course in 57.96 and 58.13 seconds for
the fastest runs of the competition. Rohbock and Rzepka
teamed together to give the sled momentum at the start,
pushing times of 5.22 and 5.21 seconds.
“We have a good problem on
our team with such a strong field of brakeman,” said Rohbock.
“My cadence is simple, so it’s easy for athletes to switch
into my sled and follow my timing at the start.”
Photo by Charlie Booker,
Shauna Rohbock, right, and her
in the Women's bobsled event in
Calgary last year.
Martini teamed with Romy Logsch for the silver medal
with a combined time of 1:56.09 after sliding runs of
58.10 and 58.33 seconds. In third was reigning Olympic
champion Sandra Kiriasis who teamed with Berit Wiacker
for a total time of 1:56.45 (58.03, 58.42).
Erin Pac almost made it onto the podium today, finishing
fifth with a two-run total of 1:56.58. Pac and push
athlete Elana Meyers teamed together for a first run
push time of 5.17 seconds for a run of 58.23 seconds,
placing the duo in seventh.
Pac and Meyers powered off
the block with another exceptional start time of 5.19
seconds in the final heat on their way to a finish time of
58.35 seconds. Their second run was enough to move the team
up two positions into fifth place.
Bree Schaaf competed on the Cesana track as a World Cup
skeleton athlete, but drove the course in a bobsled for the
first time this week. Schaaf teamed with Emily Azevedo to
finish sixth with a two-run total of 1:56.70.
Schaaf and Azevedo pushed start times of 5.30 and 5.29
seconds for finish times of 58.27 and 58.43 seconds,
“I am really proud of the
team,” said U.S. head coach Sepp Plozza. “Shauna’s win was
great and we were hoping she could do it today. Erin and
Bree continue to prove they are in the mix with the best
drivers in the world, and we are in a good position going
into next week.”
Former Utah Guardsman
also took gold in Cesana in the Men's four-man bobsled