Steele's slides appear too late
INNES Park slider Michelle Steele replicated her fourth place in Thursday’s Intercontinental Cup skeleton race with another impressive duo of rides in Calgary on Friday night.
Steele tore down the 1.47km track in just over 58 seconds in her two rides, half a second off the pacesetter, Germany’s Anja Huber.
It may be too little, too late though for the former beach sprinter, with her two Australian rivals still ranked higher than Steele on the official Federation of International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing (FIBT) standings.
Melissa Hoar and Emma Lincoln-Smith, ranked 12 and 13 respectively, sit four and five places ahead of Steele, and Lincoln-Smith just 81 points in front.
The pair of fourths cap of the Bundaberg girl’s tilt at back-to-back Winter Olympics, and she will now sit and await her fate.
One final race was scheduled for Saturday, after which time the FIBT rankings will be updated and the national quota qualifications announced.
Based on their combined efforts Australia will qualify two sliders to the Games, one more than when Steele was the solo Australian four years ago in Torino.
nlikely she will be selected for the two-man team, superseded by Hoar and Lincoln-Smith.