Skeletonist Zunte, who left Latvia, has competed in her first competition as part of Estonia

Zunte showed the eighth fastest time in the first race, and the seventh fastest time in the second, taking the eighth place in the competition of 15 skeleton athletes in the sum of two races.

She was 2.21 seconds behind the winner Jacqueline Lelling of Germany.

Lelling’s compatriot Corinne Leipold was second, 0.87 seconds behind, while American Mystic Roe was third, 1.27 seconds behind the winner.

Zunta, who celebrated her 22nd birthday this week, has dual citizenship of Latvia and Estonia, as part of her family is from Estonia.

Estonia does not have a quota in the World Cup, so Zuntei will have to compete in the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup this season. The points accumulated in the lower ranking competitions will give the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup, where the athletes get quotas not for themselves, but for the countries they represent.

By competing in the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup, Zunte earned the second quota for Latvia to participate in the World Cup of the 2022/2023 season in the previous season. Both quotas will remain unused as Andy Teraud misses the season to focus on family life.

Zunte 2020/2021 made his debut in the World Cup in the season of 2016, taking 20th place in St. Moritz and 18th position in Innsbruck. In the European Cup, which is the third rank matches in the skeleton, Zunte has won three prize-winning places on the Sigulda track, where she also has the best result in the Intercontinental Cup – fifth place.

The Latvian twice won the sixth place in the world junior championships (in 2017 in Sigulda and in 2022 in Innsbruck).

The Intercontinental Cup competition is second only to the World Cup.

On the other hand, the duo led by German pilot Francesco Friedrich won the first stage of the Bobsled World Cup on Friday at the Whistler track in Canada.

Friedrich and pusher Alexander Schiller were the fastest in both races, achieving a result of one minute and 42.22 seconds in the sum of two races.

Britons Brad Hall and Taylor Lawrence were second, 0.11 seconds behind, and compatriots Johannes Lochner and Erek Bruckert were third.

A total of ten crews started.

On Saturday, the bobsledders will compete in fours.

Latvian bobsledders have not gone to the first three stages of the World Cup in North America.

A stage is planned for the first weekend of December at the US track in Park City, and from December 11 to 18 – another US track in Lake Placid.

After that, the athletes will go to Europe, where they will compete on the Winterberg track in Germany from January 3 to 8. The next two stages are planned at another German track in Altenberg, where athletes will compete from January 10 to 15 and from January 17 to 22. From January 24 to February 5, the world championship is planned on the Swiss track in St. Moritz, but before going to Sigulda, the bobsledders and skeleton players will stop at the Austrian track in Eagles, which will host the stage from February 7 to 12.

The end of the season is planned from February 12 to 19 in Sigulda.