The 2016–17 Skeleton World Cup is a multi-race series over a season for skeleton. The season started on 2 December 2016 in Whistler, Canada and scheduled to end on 17 March 2017 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The World Cup is organised by the IBSF (formerly the FIBT) who also run World Cups and Championships in skeleton. The season is sponsored by BMW.
On the men’s side, South Korea's Yun Sung-bin is in the lead in the overall standings after three of eight races with 609 points, ahead of Dukurs on 586. Matt Antoine of the United States is third on 562.
South Korean skeleton slider Yun Sung-bin who said that he hopes to make every podium in the ongoing season, chances which have been vanished at the beginning of 2017 after not placing on top 3 in Altenberg, Germany. He finished first in the season opener in Whistler, Canada, on Dec. 3, beating world No. 1 and his idol, Martins Dukurs of Latvia, in the process. At the second World Cup in Lake Placid, New York, Yun placed third, two spots ahead of Dukurs. Yun ended last season ranked No. 2 in the world behind Dukurs. The Latvian hasn't won a medal yet, but Yun doesn't think the drought will last very long:”I don't think there's anything wrong with him," Yun said. "Once the World Cup season moves to Europe, he will return to his usual self. But he's not the only rival. I finished in third place at the second World Cup, after all." Yun is regarded as a strong medal hopeful at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. South Korea hasn't won any medals in any sliding sport at the Olympics.
For reigning World Cup champion Dukurs the 3rd stage of the season was a first trip to the podium this year after finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the opening two races of the season. The last time the four-time World Champion missed out on the podium in two consecutive races was back in the 2008-2009 season, but Dukurs was also unbeaten in Altenberg since 2011, a record stopeed by Germany’s Christopher Grotheer in January.
Christopher Grotheer looks to be fighting with Matthew Antoine and Axel Jungk for the 3rd place in the overall ranking, but if Dukurs’ bad form keeps going, which is improbable, one of the 3 followers may rise to the 2nd place.
On the women’s side, Sochi 2014 Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain is currently only 4th in women's skeleton World Cup standings with the same amount of points with the 3rd place, Germany’s Tina Hermann. Yarnold, who claimed the World Cup title in 2013-14, has amassed 554 points so far this season after fourth, second and 9th placed finishes in the three meetings this season.
Germany's Jacqueline Loelling is in the lead with 619 points, 59 more that Austria’s Janine Flock. Jacqueline Loelling, Tina Hermann, Lizzy Yarnold, Anna Fernstädt and Lelde Priedulena, Laura Deas and Anne O'Shea are the only that ranked inside the top 10 of each of the 3 races from the beginning of the season, all these 7 women being ranked at the moment inside the top 10.
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