Germany emerged as the dominant nation at the Championship ©IBSF

Germany were the dominant force at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) Junior World Championships, sweeping the podium in both the men’s and women’s two-person events in Winterberg.

Stephanie Schneider and Lisa Marie Buckwitz got the host country off to the perfect start after producing the fastest time in the women’s competition by crossing the line in 57.40sec.

The duo were lowered that mark even further with their second effort, clocking 57.18 to end on a combined time of 1min 54.58sec.

Their compatriots Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Strack claimed the silver medal, having achieved 1:55.12.

The clean sweep was completed by Sabrina Duljevic and Lisa-Sophie Gericke with 1:55.18.

Britain’s Mica McNeill and Aleasha Kiddle were the closest to ending Germany’s dominance, ending 0.06 seconds off a podium spot.

In the men’s event Johannes Lochner and Joshua Bluhm emerged as the clear victors after their time of 1:51.24 was 0.30 seconds faster than their compatriots Christoph Hafer and Marc Rademacher.

Richard Oelsner and Paul Krenz were a further 0.38 seconds further back in third position.

Poland’s Rudy Rinaldi and Vain Boris missed out on bronze after finishing behind the German teams in a time of 1:51.99.

Latvia’s Lelde Priedulena won the women's skeleton title
Latvia’s Lelde Priedulena won the women's skeleton title ©IBSF

It came as no surprise that the host country also claimed gold in the four-man competition with Lochner and Bluhm joining up with Sebastian Mrowka and Matthias Sommer to produce a winning time of 1:51.35.

The Austrian team, piloted by Benjamin Maier, clinched the silver medal, finishing in 1:52.02 and Dominik Dvorak piloting Czech Republic to bronze in a time of 1:52.34.

The skeleton competition saw the medals spread between several nations.

Latvia’s Lelde Priedulena won the women’s event in 2.02.19.

She was followed home by The Netherlands’ Kimberley Bos after posting a time of 2:02.54, while Anna Fernstaedt clocked 2:02.73 to win bronze for Germany.

Russia’s Nikita Tregybov won the men’s event in 1:57.43, with Germany’s Kilian von Schleinitz and Italy’s Mattia Gaspari completing the podium in 1:57.51 and 1:57.80 respectively.

Each of the gold medallists have been granted places at the IBSF World Championships, due to take place in Innsbruck next month.