FIBT World Championships 1997

The FIBT World Championships 1997 took place in St. Moritz, Switzerland (Bobsleigh) and Lake Placid, New York, United States (Skeleton). St. Moritz hosted a championship event for the record eighteenth time. The Swiss city had hosted the event previously in 1931 (Four-man), 1935 (Four-man), 1937 (Four-man), 1938 (Two-man), 1939 (Two-man), 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1965, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1989 (Skeleton), and 1990 (Bobsleigh). Meanwhile, Lake Placid hosted a championship event for the seventh time, doing so previously in 1949, 1961, 1969, 1973, 1978, and 1983.

Two man bobsleighEdit

Pos Team Time
Gold    Switzerland (Reto Götschi, Guido Acklin)
Silver   Italy (Günther Huber, Antonio Tartaglia)
Bronze   United States (Brian Shimer, Robert Olesen)

Italy earned its first world championships medal since 1971.

Four man bobsleighEdit

Pos Team Time
Gold   Germany (Wolfgang Hoppe, Sven Rühr, René Hannemann, Carsten Embach)
Silver   Germany (Dirk Wiese, Christoph Bartsch, Thorsten Voss, Michael Liekmeier)
Bronze   United States (Brian Shimer, Chip Minton, Randy Jones, Robert Olesen)

Men's skeletonEdit

Pos Athlete Time
Gold   Ryan Davenport (CAN)
Silver   Jim Shea (USA)
Bronze   Chris Soule (USA)

Medal tableEdit

1  Germany (GER)1102
2  Canada (CAN)1001
   Switzerland (SUI)1001
4  United States (USA)0134
5  Italy (ITA)0101
Totals (5 nations)3339