Lund Leads U.S. in Altenberg, Germany, Finishes Eighth

Dec. 05, 2008, 10:53 a.m. (ET)

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December 5, 2008


Lund Leads U.S. in Altenberg, Germany, Finishes Eighth


ALTENBERG, Germany The men’s skeleton World Cup tour continued today in Altenberg, Germany, where 28 sleds battled for the gold on frosty ice conditions.  The highest U.S. finisher was 2007 World Cup champion Zach Lund(Salt Lake City, Utah), who finished eighth. 


“This is a tough track,” said Lund.  “I actually really love sliding in Altenberg, which is frustrating because I’ve never placed higher than sixth on this track.  I enjoy coming here, and I wish we had the opportunity to slide here more often.”


Lund finished the first heat in fifth position after pushing a start time of 5.30 and crossing the finish line in 57.81 seconds. Lund had difficulty navigating the upper portion of the track in the second run after pushing a 5.34, sliding to the finish in 1:00.35, dropping him back three positions into eighth place with a combined time of 1:58.16. 


“My push times weren’t as good as I wanted them to be,” said Lund.  “I made a mistake in corner five in the second run that cost me a lot of time and dropped me back.  I thought I could be in the top three, or at least the top six, so I’m disappointed in today’s result.


“Last year I only had two race results out of the top six.  I’ve already matched that, and we’ve only had two races this year.  I need to keep building, work on my push and on relaxing again, and hopefully I’ll peak at World Championships in Lake Placid.”


Frank Rommel slid a gold medal performance with a two-run total of 1:57.41.  Rommel pushed times of 5.28 and 5.26 for runs of 57.72 and 59.69, respectively.  Martins Dukurs from Latvia denied the Germans a sweep on their home track, claiming the silver medal with a total time of 1:57.53 (57.57, 59.96) as he continues to climb in international standings. Germany’s up-and-coming athlete, Sandro Stielicke, finished third after sliding runs of 57.89 and 59.88 for a combined time of 1:57.77.


Olympian Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) struggled today, finishing 15th with a two-heat total of 1:59.52.  Bernotas pushed start times of 5.30 and 5.31 and slid heats of 58.98 and 1:00.54. 


The third U.S. sled entered into today’s competition, steered by Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.), finished 18th with a two-heat total of 1:59.81 after sliding runs of 59.24 and 1:00.57. 


Coverage from today’s competition can be viewed on-demand by visiting  Universal Sports TV will also offer a one-hour highlight show on Tuesday, Dec. 9th from 7-10 pm ET.


Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing at  For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or 



1. Frank Rommel (GER) 1:57.41 (57.72, 59.69); 2. Martins Dukurs (LAT) 1:57.53 (57.57, 59.96); Sandro Stielicke (GER) 1:57.77 (57.89, 59.88);…8. Zach Lund (USA) 1:58.16 (57.81, 1:00.35);…15. Eric Bernotas (USA) 1:59.52 (58.98, 1:00.54);…18. Caleb Smith (USA) 1:59.81 (59.24, 1:00.57)


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