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"The field is getting better each year," said Rohbock. "I don't think about how tight the race is at the starting line, but I try to focus on being consistent. If I take a tap against a wall somewhere on the run, then I might have a moment of, 'Oh, there goes a hundredth.'"
Rohbock and Fleming, the 2006 Olympic silver medalists, pushed off the starting block with a push time of 5.66 seconds for a first heat time of 54.69. The U.S. duo was in third, with only 0.08 seconds separating them from the lead.
Focused and fervent, Rohbock and Fleming pushed a 5.63 start time in the second heat, gliding to the finish in 54.52 seconds. Standing in the leader box, the team watched as their combined time of 1:49.21 surpassed one sled to move them into second for the silver medal.
"It was nice having Valerie back in the sled with me this week, and we had great pushes that kept us competitive with the field," said Rohbcok. "I'm happy with today's result, and this race is a good example of how competitive the field is getting. Erin and Elana are untouchable at the start, and once the driving comes together for Erin, she'll be in contention for the medals every week."
Erin Pac and Elana Meyers broke the start record set by Rohbock and Fleming at a World Cup event in 2005 by one-hundredth of a second in the second heat with a push time of 5.54 seconds.
"Our start times definitely help me get close to the podium," said Pac. "I hope we can continue improving. I'm a young driver, so I know I'm still learning and progressing."
Pac and Meyers had push times of 5.57 and 5.54 for runs of 54.73 and 54.54, respectively. The U.S. team slid a two-run total of 1:49.27 to finish fourth, just 0.04 seconds from the medals.
"It's exciting to be performing well," said Pac. "Now I'm looking forward to next weekend, and hope I can be in the top three."
Helen Upperton and Heather Moyse from Canada claimed gold with a combined time of 1:49.07 after sliding runs the fastest runs of the competition, 54.61 and 54.46. Upperton and Moyse pushed identical start times of 5.61 in the two-heat race.
Defending World Cup champion Sandra Kiriasis teamed with Romy Logsch20for the bronze medal with a total time of 1:49.23. The German team pushed times of 5.66 and 5.63 for runs of 54.68 and 54.55.
"Helen has a great push, she's advanced her equipment over the last two years, and now she's learning how to drive," said Rohbock. "That combination will be fast. Sandra is still the one to beat. She has a good push, a great sled, and she's an amazing driver. This is a competitive group of athletes to be standing on the podium with."
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1. Helen Upperton and Heather Moyse (CAN) 1:49.07 (54.61, 54.46); 2. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming (USA) 1:49.21 (54.69, 54.52); 3. Sandra Kiriasis and Romy Logsch (GER) 1:49.27 (54.73, 54.54); 4. Erin Pac and Elana Meyers (USA) 1:49.27 (54.73, 54.54) About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
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