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Strength To Strength: Army Athletes Take To Germany For Ice Championships

The continued growth in popularity of ice sports in the forces was evident earlier this month when soldiers travelled to Germany to take...

The continued growth in popularity of ice sports in the forces was evident earlier this month when soldiers travelled to Germany to take part in the Army Ice Championships.

50 personnel made their way to Winterberg for Exercise Racing Ice II, which saw competition in the skeleton, luge and bobsleigh disciplines.

The soldiers had to first complete a week of training to familiarise themselves with a difficult track before beginning a full day of racing. 

Army Ice Championships 2018

Not only was the chance to be crowned Army champion at stake, but also the opportunity to be selected for the service's team for the Inter-Services Championships.

The winners of the three disciplines will all be selected for the squad to head to Innsbruck on February 24.

Bobsleighs and lugers travel at up to 90 miles per hour, increasing in speed as they move further down the course, while skeleton sleds (below) can reach 80mph.

Army Ice Championships 2018

When travelling at these kinds of speeds, precision is crucial.

The teams need to make sure surfaces are well-polished to increase speed down the ice.

Winter sports are dangerous, but the Army believes they can help personnel in their military roles and personal development, pushing them out of our comfort zones.

The importance of teamwork is, as ever, key in overcoming challenges, meanwhile.

After some competitive and closely fought races the following individuals emerged as winners in their respective disciplines:

Skeleton:

 

Army Ice Championships 2018

Men's champion - Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Jackson 29, Regt Royal Logistic Corps

Women's champion - Captain Graham, Adjutant General's Corps

Luge:

 

Army Ice Championships 2018

Men's champion - Guardsman Thompson, 1 Irish Guards

Women's champion - Sergeant Scott, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

Bobsleigh:

 

Army Ice Championships 2018

Men's champions - L/Cpl Londal and L/Cpl Ray 3 Parachute Regiment

Women's champions - Warrant Officer 2nd Class Smith, Royal School of Artillery and 2nd Lieutenant Elkington 26 Regiment Royal Artillery

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