Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Hasler’s dream of a medal lives on despite the dumbbell accident

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The bobsleigh classes at the World Championships in St. Moritz start this weekend. After the first two runs in the women’s monobob, Melanie Hasler (24) in sixth place is still hoping to race towards the medal ranks in the 3rd and 4th run on Sunday.

The woman from Aargau is at least still dreaming of bronze and says: “I need two really good rides on Sunday. There’s still something in it. It’s extreme in the monobob, one stupid roll and you’re out of the picture. I’d rather be the hunter than the hunted. I’m sure I’ll make up a few places.”

But Hasler also knows: There are no medals with rides like on Saturday. Especially in the second run there are too many driving errors.

And then the former beach volleyball player shows up for the interview with a taped left wrist. What happened? The day before the first World Championship race, Hasler had an accident with a dumbbell in the weight room, and now her hand hurts.

“I took painkillers, it went well. At the start I didn’t feel restricted. On Sunday I want to add a bit at the start, »says the sixth at half-time.

Currently on the three podiums: Laura Nolte (DE), Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries (USA) and Lisa Buckwitz (DE). Hasler behind on bronze? A substantial 0.86 seconds. Martina Fontanive (36) from Zurich is 9th.

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