First World Cup medal since 2016
Michael Vogt writes bobsleigh history in St. Moritz
For years, the former bobsleigh nation Switzerland had nothing more to report. Now Michael Vogt is ringing in a new era with his bronze coup at the home World Cup.
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Hot battle for the podium in St. Moritz: Michael Vogt (l.) wins bronze at the World Championships, the German Johannes Lochner (r.) becomes world champion.
Matthew Dubachreporter sports
It’s the bobsleigh hammer of St. Moritz. Michael Vogt (25) races down the legendary natural ice track to Celerina GR on the podium at the home World Championships and wins bronze.
The pilot from Wangen SZ even fights for silver with brakeman Sandro Michel (26) against the German multi-champion Francesco Friedrich (32) up to the last meter of the 4th run. The most successful bobsleigh pilot of all time wins this hundredth thriller by 0.01 seconds, while Johannes Lochner (32) confidently wins gold.
Vogt thinks it’s cool: “You can look for a hundredth anywhere. We definitely won bronze today and didn’t lose silver. It was a very strong performance by Sandro and me. »
First Swiss World Cup medal since 2016
Vogt becomes a medal hoarder: last weekend he won silver and bronze at the European Championships. Now it’s World Cup bronze. It is a historical Swiss medal in the ice track. It is the first World Cup podium in seven years. In 2016, Beat Hefti won silver in the twos and Rico Peter bronze in the fours. Since? The former bobsleigh nation Switzerland went through a historic low.
But now Vogt is temporarily crowning the rebuilding initiated in 2018 with nothing but young drivers. The Schwyzer says: “I prefer to look at the history of my own team. We won the first medal at a major event. It’s a big step for us.”
Vogt’s brother traveled directly from the USA
Vogt not only celebrates in the finish area with his friend and bobsleigh pilot Melanie Hasler. But also with dozens of fans, friends and acquaintances. His brother Dany Bruhin also traveled straight to the Engadin after returning home from his vacation in the USA. “It’s really good after the Corona years that so many people are making a mood,” says the bronze star.
Vogt’s highlight is rounded off by Timo Rohner (22) with 8th place. Simon Friedli (32) did not compete because of his calf injury on Saturday.
Fall king is Mattia Variola (27) that day. The Italian falls in both runs exactly the same in the last corner and crashes into the cushions at the finish line. In contrast to three crashes on Saturday, there was only one crash at the Horseshoe key point when American Frank Del Duca (31) put the sled on its side.
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