Jackie Narracott became the first Australian to win a World Cup gold medal in Skeleton, or any skid sport, with a stunning performance in Switzerland.
the main points:
- Jackie Narracott took first place with a time of 2: 17.56 seconds
- The 31-year-old hopes her gold-medal performance will be “a catalyst to attract more girls to the sport.”
- Narracott will now return to its overseas base in the UK to prepare for the Beijing Winter Olympics
The 2018 Olympian made a great run for the first time, breaking the record with a time of 1:08.72 to hit the field in St. Moritz.
Showing nerves of steel as the last contender in round two, Narracott took home the second fastest round of the tour to cross the streak for first place with a time of 2:17.56.
He was 0.06 seconds ahead of the Dutch second-placed Kimberly Bos, the new World Cup champion, and Canada’s Mirella Raneva in third place.
“I learned today that I have the ability to move fast but I didn’t think so fast,” said the 31-year-old from Queensland.
“This has been going on for so long, I’m like no words, it’s a perfect day in a perfect place.
“We’re proving this year that we have athletes, it’s just having the foundations behind us to give us a chance.”
This impressive win broke Naracott’s seventh personal best in the World Cup Finals, which she achieved in Lake Placid, USA, in 2016.
Narracott will now return to its overseas base in the United Kingdom to prepare for the Winter Olympics in Beijing.