Kimberley Bos

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Kimberley Bos
Kimberley Bos LP World Cup 2017 (1 of 2).jpg
Bos at the 2017 World Cup in Lake Placid
Personal information
NationalityDutch
Born (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 25)
Ede, Netherlands[1]
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Weight70 kg (154 lb)[2]
Websitekimberleybos.nl
Sport
Country Netherlands
SportBobsleigh (2010–2013),
Skeleton (2013–present)
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals8th (Pyeongchang 2018)

Kimberley Bos (born 7 October 1993) is a Dutch skeleton racer who competes on the Skeleton World Cup circuit. She started competing internationally in 2009, originally in bobsleigh, and was selected to the Dutch national team in 2010; she switched to skeleton for the 2013–14 European Cup season. Her personal coach is Urta Rozenstruik and she rides a Bromley sled.[2] Away from the track, Bos is a physiotherapy student, occasionally serving as "unofficial physio" to the other athletes.[1] Bos was the only woman named to represent the Netherlands in skeleton at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang,[3] where she finished eighth.

Notable results[edit]

Bos's first official result in international competition was a bobsleigh qualification race for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, held the previous November at the Olympic Sliding Centre Innsbruck, in which she and brakewoman Mandy Groot finished fourth.[4] In three subsequent qualification races (with Groot and Sanne Dekker trading off brakewoman duties), she finished second, earning a qualifying spot to the 2012 games. At the games, Bos and Groot earned a bronze medal, behind a British sled and the other Dutch team (see Bobsleigh at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics). Bos and Groot finished 13th later that month at the Bobsleigh Junior World Championships, also at the Innsbruck track, again behind their Dutch teammates.[5]

After a string of poor performances in the 2012–13 season, including five non-results on the Europe and North American Cup tours, Bos switched to skeleton racing for the 2013–14 season. She had much more success in skeleton, making the cut in every single race on the Europe Cup she started, ending her 2015–16 season with four straight gold-medal finishes on North American Cup races at Park City and Lake Placid. Bos also placed in the top 10 in eight of nine Intercontinental Cup races in 2015–16, and won two ICC races at Igls to start the 2016–17 season before moving up to the World Cup level.[2]

Bos finished fifth at the Skeleton Junior World Championships for 2017 in Sigulda, after finishing second at the same event the previous year. At the 2017 Senior World Championships in Königssee, Bos finished 14th, down from 8th the previous year. She finished seventh in the 2017 World Cup race at Winterberg, also the European championships, in which she was fifth after discounting the two non-European competitors ahead of her. Her best finish on the World Cup was a bronze medal in 2017 at the Olympic test event in Pyeongchang, and she finished the 2016–17 season ranked 12th overall. In the 2018 European Championships, held in December, 2017 at Igls, Bos again finished fifth.[2][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stahlhacke, Angela (13 December 2017). "Media Guide Athletes: Skeleton — Innsbruck (AUT)" (PDF). International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kimberley BOS". International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  3. ^ "Kimberley Bos gaat naar PyeongChang 2018" (Press release) (in Dutch). NOC*NSF. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  4. ^ "Innsbruck (Women's Bobsleigh)". International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  5. ^ "Junior World Championship (Innsbruck) (Women's Bobsleigh)". International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 2018-01-01.

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