Mica McNeill bobsleigh team World Cup update

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Alongside the main sponsor DHL, Compare Holiday Money is pleased to continue our sponsorship of Mica McNeill’s bobsleigh team which began with their amazing journey to the Olympics last year. They have been working hard over the last 3 months building up to the BMW World cup event which was recently held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Despite a setback earlier in the month in competition in Austria where injuries and illness played a part in a disappointing finish, the team came back stronger than ever with an amazing overall 5th position in the world Cup.

Mica and the team are working towards a podium finish in Beijing in a couple of years time and we cannot put that past them.

Race Report

Mica McNeill World Cup Race 6 St Moritz January 2019

Mica McNeill and Aleasha Kiddle travelled to St Moritz in Switzerland as DHLTeamMcNeill looking to put behind them the result the previous week. The St Moritz track is unique due to the fact that it’s made out of the ice each year so has a slightly different feel year on year and one that the athletes love to compete on. The pair worked hard in training on their timing for the all-important push start, looking to achieve a top 6 finish. Mica McNeill has been driving consistently in the World Cup and that showed in the first heat with her sled achieving the highest speed down the track leaving them in 4th position. Looking to equal their best result in the World Cup of 4th position it wasn’t to be as they dropped one spot and finished in 5th position by +0.07. After the race Mica McNeill commented, ‘We are pleased with our result and put last week behind us and proved that was just a blip. Our first run was really quick and gave us a chance of achieving that elusive World Cup medal, and with our push start still being worked on, then a top 6 finish we have to be happy with.’ The pair have now returned to the UK for a week with the European leg of the World Cup completed and will head out to Lake Placid on the 6th February to prepare for the next World Cup race on Friday 15th February where DHLTeamMcNeill have already won Gold in the North American Cup in December 2018.

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If you take into consideration the team are up against the major Winter sport countries like Germany, Switzerland and America where there are many more training facilities available – not to mention plenty of the right weather conditions, then the team are doing amazingly well. And they are continuing to improve with every competition, and with funding in a much better place than it was 2 years ago the future is looking good for the team leading up to the next Olympics.

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Aleasha and Mica bottom row centre

For more information on the Bobsleigh World Cup and videos of the races including team GB races visit the IBSF website.

Thanks to Robin Palmer PR for the updates of the team progress.

Posted by Graham Morley

Graham Morley

Graham is the Business Development Manager for Compare Holiday Money.

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