Bend▶️ Bend teen takes 16th in skeleton at Winter Youth Olympics

▶️ Bend teen takes 16th in skeleton at Winter Youth Olympics

▶️ Bend teen takes 16th in skeleton at Winter Youth Olympics

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Caldera High School student Biancha Emery finished 16th in skeleton at the Winter Youth Olympics Monday in South Korea.

“We had the opening ceremony a few days ago, which was amazing,” said Emery. “There was K-Pop there, and it was just amazing overall. And then we stay in the Olympic villages. I’m in a building with Austria, the USA and Canada.”

The 16-year-old from Bend finished her two runs with a combined time of 1:57.06. Her time left her just under seven seconds behind making the podium.

“Training has definitely been different from last year, just because we have so much security with us at all times now and that I’ve been very, very focused on what to do in my training and just training overall and a complete atmosphere and vibes are different because we have so much stuff at the start and finish,” Emery said.

She was the only American competing in women’s skeleton at the Games.

“It was definitely very stressful competition there,” she said. “Yesterday, I was very nervous, but I’ve been training with all these girls for almost a year now, so it was a little more relaxing. I know the girls and friends with them, and it was just good vibes all around, especially because everyone’s so supportive of each other and is such a great community.”

Maria Vote of Germany took the gold at 1:49.45. Darta Neimane and Laura Legere of Latvia took silver and bronze, respectively.

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