That's the Altenberg track. And that's where I made my World Cup debut. I had never been to the track before, and I had to learn it as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it's not a track that one can pick up in a single visit, and the track would prove to get the better of me. Although I avoided any spectacular crashes, the week of training had me bruised and shaken, and I entered the race without high hopes.
I wound up in 24th place overall; 4 places short of reaching the finals. The average finish for a US men's World Cup skeleton racer at the Altenberg track in the previous 3 world cup events was 21st, so all in all I wasn't too far off the pace, but it was still a bit of a disappointment.
But things could have been a lot worse. Clearly. I'm told that the young man who had the horrific crash will be fine, although he won't be sliding skeleton for a while. I'm lucky in that I get to race another day.