Kim Kalicki and Lisa Buckwitz topped a German one-two-three in St Moritz ©IBSF

Kim Kalicki was crowned European champion and Elana Meyers Taylor sealed the overall title during the final two-woman race of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup season in Swiss city St Moritz.

There was also a shock in the four-man event as overall World Cup winner Francesco Friedrich of Germany suffered his first defeat of the campaign in the discipline, with the Oskars Kibermanis-led Latvian quartet capturing the European crown.

The final leg of the IBSF World Cup season doubled up as the European Championships as racers battled it out for silverware and timely victories prior to next month's Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Kalicki led a German one-two-three as she combined with Lisa Buckwitz to triumph in the two-woman event.

They were third after the first leg as American pair Kaillie Humphries and Sylvia Hoffman burst into the leg.

But Kalicki and Buckwitz responded with a superb second run as they clinched victory in a final time of 2min 15.50sec.

Mariama Jamanka and Kira Lipperheide claimed European silver in 2:15.54, with Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi completing a German clean sweep in 2:15.57.

Elana Meyers Taylor, left, celebrates after winning the two-woman bobsleigh overall crown ©IBSF
Elana Meyers Taylor, left, celebrates after winning the two-woman bobsleigh overall crown ©IBSF

Humphries and Hoffman put themselves in winning position but a fourth-fastest second run saw them drop outside the medal places.

The United States' Meyers Taylor, with Kaysha Love, came fifth but captured the overall title with 1505 points – 19 ahead of second placed Nolte, while Kalicki sealed third spot with 1,472.

Friedrich had been unstoppable in the four-man event so far this season and had already claimed the crystal globe, but was unable to complete an unbeaten campaign, missing out on European gold to Kibermanis.

Kibermanis piloted the Latvian team featuring Matiss Miknis, Edgars Nemme and David Springis as they topped the podium in 2:09.38.

Friedrich, with Alexander Schueller, Martin Grothkopp and Alexander Rödiger, had to settle for silver with 2:09.54.

The bronze medal to the Russian team of Rostislav Gaitiukevich, Mikhail Mordasov, Pavel Travkin and Aleksei Laptev who clocked 2:09.66.

Friedrich finished the season on 1,785 points, followed by Canada's Justin Kripps on 1,530 and Gaitiukevich on 1,480.