PARK CITY, Utah (Dec. 7, 2013)- Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) continued his dominance of the men's bobsled World Cup circuit with another win today. Holcomb and his Night Train2 crew of Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) completed a sweep of the men's medals in Park City with a lead of 0.35 seconds over the field.
"Overall it was a really good race," Holcomb said. "It is nice to come home and show that my home track is still my track. We have to keep our momentum going. At this point, it is real easy to get complacent. The second we ease up the rest of the field will jump up and stop us. It is only going to get harder and harder the rest of the season."
USA-1 powered through the snow as the first sled down the hill, and was tied with two other sleds for the lead with a run of 47.36 seconds. The German squad of Maximilian Arndt, Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze along with Russians Alexander Kasjanov, Phillipp Egorov, Maxim Belugin and Aleksei Pushkarev were making an effort to end Holcomb's winning streak by posting the identical finish time.
"A three-way tie for first place was huge," Holcomb said. "That is what racing is all about."
Holcomb, Tomasevicz, Langton and Fogt responded in the second run with a push time of 4.78 seconds, 0.06 seconds from the record, to pull away from the field right from the start. Holcomb navigated the sled to the finish in 47.40 seconds to convincingly take the lead with a two-run total of 1:34.76.
"My brakemen were great," Holcomb said. "To push a 4.78 in snow is great. In good weather my push crew would be hunting down the track record. I cleaned up my second run. The push crew did their job. I did my job, and we came away with the victory."
Arndt's crew finished second with a combined time of 1:35.11. Kasjanov trailed the Germans by just 0.01 seconds for bronze.
Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.), Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.) and Chris Langton (Melrose, Mass.) finished 13th with a combined time of 1:35.42.
"The pushes were there," Butner said. "We have to figure out why two weeks in a row the finish times weren't there. We aren't having the downtime results that we should have. We are going to test some runners in Lake Placid. We need to get with the coaching staff and figure out what they saw. I'm excited to get back to Lake Placid."
Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) and Abe Morlu (Phoenix, Ariz.) clocked a total time of 1:35.48 to tie for 15th with Germany.
"The guys gave me a good push in the first run, but I made a few crucial driving errors and the time showed," Cunningham said. "You never want to fall back in the second run especially after we were already at the back of the pack. Hopefully we will go into Lake Placid with a little chip on our shoulder and we can compete better there. We'll have to throw this one away and focus on next week."
The World Cup tour will make its third stop on another U.S. home track in Lake Placid, N.Y. next week.
1. Holcomb, Tomasevicz, S. Langton, and Fogt (USA) 1:34.76 (47.36, 47.40); 2. Arndt, Huebenbecker, Roediger, and Putze (GER) 1:35.11 (47.36, 47.75); 3. Kasjanov, Egorov, Belugin, and Pushkarev (RUS) 1:35.12 (47.36, 47.76);...13. Butner, Berkeley, Clark, and C. Langton (USA) 1:35.42 (47.59, 47.83);...15. Cunningham, Olsen, Quinn, and Morlu (USA) 1:35.48 (47.70, 47.78)
MEN'S BOBSLED TEAMS STRIKE 1-2-4 FINISHES IN TWO-MAN WORLD CUP IN PARK CITY
PARK CITY, Utah (Dec. 6, 2013)- The U.S. men's bobsledders continued the team's winning streak from earlier today when four medals were won by the skeleton and women's bobsled athletes after finishing 1-2-4 in the two-man race this evening. Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) teamed with Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) for his second consecutive win this season by 0.25 seconds. Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) earned their first-career World Cup two-man medal after finishing second, and teammates Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) finished a mere 0.13 seconds from the medals in fourth.
"It is a great day for the United States finishing 1-2-4 along with the women's results," Holcomb said. "It is the right time to have everyone doing well and seeing everyone click is really good. My guys are motivated and pumped up in seeing our success today. I think it is going to motivate them even more tomorrow. We've worked really hard on these sleds since October and we are starting to see them really come around. Right now they are doing really well."
Holcomb and Fogt were fastest from start to finish with push times of 4.85 and 4.82 seconds, but they weren't able to replicate their unofficial record-breaking start time from October's selection races due to light snow.
"With the snow it was tough, but we were really looking to set another start record officially," Holcomb said. "The conditions just weren't right today."
Holcomb effortlessly piloted his BMW manufactured sled to the finish with a combined time of 1:35.51 for his second two-man bobsled victory in as many races this season.
Cunningham earned his first-ever World Cup medal last season in a Lake Placid, N.Y. four-man race, but the closest he's come to a two-man medal was a fifth place result until today. Cunningham and Robinson powered the 24 Hour Fitness branded BMW sled off the block in 4.86 seconds and Cunningham expertly guided the crew to the finish in second position with a time of 47.84 seconds. Despite a few mistakes in the final run, the crew was able to hang onto medal position with a total time of 1:35.76.
"You can tell the depth and drive of this team," Cunningham said. "Our results really do show that we are here, we know it is the Olympic season, and we all have to work a little harder. We all have to work as a team to get these kinds of results. I think we did all come together this week. The sled techs have been working around the clock. They have really showed why we are one of the best teams in the world. We have great coaching, support staff, sled builders, mechanics. It has really shown that we have the tools to win."
Butner and Berkeley were caught in snowy conditions in their first run and were in eighth place. No strangers to climbing standings in the final heat, the crew rallied to fourth place with a two-run total of 1:35.93.
"We were shooting for 1-2-3, but the snow held us back a little bit," Butner said. "I told Chuck last year we went from ninth to second. This year was the same thing, we are very happy going from eighth to fourth. The combination between Chuck and I works well. He helps to keep me calm and allows me to drive well. Last year we did it twice and I hope we can do it again."
1. Steven Holcomb and Christopher Fogt (USA) 1:35.51 (47.76, 47.75); 2. Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson (USA) 1:35.76 (47.84, 47.92); 3. Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker (GER) 1:35.80 (47.93, 47.87); 4. Cory Butner and Charles Berkeley (USA) 1:35.93 (48.04, 47.89)