Kim Meylemans has achieved her greatest triumph. The 27-year-old winter sports athlete was crowned the very first Belgian European champion in the skeleton in Latvia.
In the skeleton, the participants lie with their stomachs on a sled and their faces forward. Kim Meylemans, who grew up in Germany, is one of the daredevils who dives down a bobsleigh track in this way.
The 27-year-old athlete is among the world’s top athletes, but she has not yet managed to win a competition at the highest level.
Until today. On the technical track of Sigulda in Latvia she was the fastest European.
Kim Meylemans laid the foundation for the gold in the first descent. With 51’64” she set the fastest time.
In the second run Meylemans had a more difficult time. Descending flawlessly is virtually impossible on the wild slope of Sigulda, but with the 6th chrono (51″74) she just managed to stay ahead of her competitors.
Olympic champion Hannah Neise from Germany finished 3 hundredths behind Meylemans, the British skeletoni Amelia Coltman came 3rd at 11 hundredths.
2nd in the Skeleton World Cup
The match in Latvia also counted towards the World Cup. After 6 of the 8 heats, Kim Meylemans is in 2nd place. Dutch star Kimberley Bos, 5th at the European Championships, leads the rankings.
In the coming weeks, Meylemans will be working in Altenberg (Germany) and Lake Placid (USA). In 3 weeks there will be the World Cup in Winterberg (Germany).