Steele slips up in Lake Placid
BUNDABERG'S beach sprinter-turned Winter Olympian had a night to forget at New York’s Lake Placid, finishing 18th after the second leg of the women’s Skeleton World Cup on Friday.
A mistake midway through her second run cost valuable time and left her to rue what might have been, after some impressive practice slides.
Her father, Bruce Steele, said she had been ecstatic with her trial form, and happy with her first run, which had her in 12th spot but just off the top times.
But a late turn into a corner meant she came in too high, adding precious tenths of seconds to her time.
“She was pretty emotional, not very happy with herself after that one,” Mr Steele said.
“Michelle was over the moon with how she has been going, which makes it even harder when you make a silly mistake like that one.”
Canadians and Brits dominated the meet, with Mellisa Hollingsworth (Canada) clocking two times in the mid 57 seconds to win the stage and remain on top in the overall standings.
Great Britain’s Marian Trott was .28sec behind after two runs.
Mr Steele said the irregular temperatures in New York made the going even tougher for the Bundaberg girl.
Grey skies and drizzling rain slowed down the 20-corner 1.45km track, while hot temperatures meant the ice was soft.
Despite the minor setback, he said his daughter was generally happy with her form as she heads to Italy today for round three.
“Last year she was sliding well but didn’t know why she wasn’t getting the good times. This season when she has a good run she is right up there with the fastest and she’s much happier,” he said.