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American Eric Eierdam wins inaugural FIBT Para-Skeleton World Cup Series

Skeleton pictogram Skeleton pictogram. Image credit: Parutakupiu. License: Public domain.
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Para-bobsledders and Para-skeleton competitors were in St. Moritz. Image credit: Jason Sturm – Athlete

Earlier today, American Eric Eierdam won the inaugural Para-Skeleton World Cup Series, after  the third leg of the competition wrapped up in St. Moritz, Switzerland. British competitor Matthew Richardson finished second, and fellow American Ryan Gautieri finished third. Eierdam clenched his second of three wins in the competition in St. Moritz after beating Richardson by 0.01 seconds.

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The previous legs of the competition took place in Igls, Austria and Park City, Utah. Eierdam was defeated by Richardson at the inaugural event in Park City. Eierdam finished with 163 total points, while Richardson had 153 and Gautieri  had 103.  Other skeleton competitors at the event included American Dorian Willes, Latvia’s Alvis Zembergs, and Great Britain’s Alexander Horsfall. While American Alli Morgan competed in Iglis, she did not compete in St. Moritz.

 

Bobsled and skeleton are both making bids to be included on the 2022 Winter Paralympics program after the International Paralympic Committee turned down a bid to be included on the 2018 program. Two cities are currently bidding to host those games, Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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