BOBSLED: Holcomb Fifth in Two-Man Bobsled World Cup Finale, Finishes Season Ranked Fourth in Two-Man Standings
WINTERBERG, Germany- Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) raced to a fifth place finish in the two-man bobsled World Cup finale today in Winterberg, Germany. Teamed with Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) for most of the season, the duo missed making top three in overall two-man standings by only 39 points."We had a good shot at defending the title this year, Holcomb said."I had some setbacks this season, but you need to learn from them and move forward."Holcomb, the 2007 World Cup two-man Champion, claimed three two-man medals this season in North American before struggling on the second half of the tour."We weren't able to maintain a top three standing because of my groin injury, and then we had a tough race in St. Moritz with a bad draw, which really killed our overall rank,"Holcomb said."We're still one of the top teams in two-man. I have no doubt."Holcomb and Tomasevicz pushed consecutive push times of 5.28 and 5.27 for two sixth place runs of 56.60 and 56.77, respectively. The duo slid a combined time of 1:53.37 for a fifth place finish in the final two-man bobsled World Cup competition of the 2007-2008 season."I like racing, so I never like it when the season comes to a close,"Holcomb said."Now I have to wait six more months before the World Cup starts again."Alexander Zoubkov teamed with Alexey Voevoda for his second two-man victory of the season today. The team burst off the block with two of the fastest push times of the day, 5.18 and 5.16, before sliding the two fastest runs of the competition, a 56.32 and 56.52, respectively. The Russian team slid a combined time of 1:52.84 for the victory. Silver and bronze were battled between two German teams on their home track. Thomas Florschuetz and Enrico Kuehn claimed the silver with a total time of 1:53.03 after runs of 56.43 and 56.60. Matthias Hoepfner and Alex Mann finished third after runs of 56.48 and 56.64 for a two-run total of 1:53.12. Reigning Olympic Champion Andre Lange claimed the two-man bobsled overall World Cup trophy today with 1634 points. The German slid to six podium finishes this season, including two victories. Second in overall two-man standings is Ivo Rueegg from Switzerland with 1466, while third is today's winner, Zoubkov, with 1426 points. Holcomb finished the year ranked fourth in two-man rank with 1387 points. 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) once again slid with first-year push athlete Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), finishing 15th today. Kohn struggled with an injury early in the season, but rebounded in the second half by placing sixth in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Kohn and Langton pushed a 5.35 and 5.29 for finish times of 57.09 and 57.02, respectively. The duo slid a total time of 1:54.11, putting them within reach of the top ten. Despite missing two races this season, Kohn finished the year ranked 19th in overall two-man bobsled World Cup standings with 680 points. John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) teamed with Chuck Berkeley (Clayton, Calif.) for his final World Cup race of the season before departing to Igls, Austria to compete in the men's four-man Junior World Championships tomorrow. The team slid to a 21st place finish after pushing a 5.33 for a run of 57.33 seconds. Only the top 20 sleds are granted a second run. After sliding in six World Cup competitions this season, Napier is ranked 22nd in two-man standings with 436 points. The four-man bobsled World Cup finale will take place tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 am EST. Watch as the teams vie for the overall title LIVE on NBCOlympics.com."I think we'll do well tomorrow,"Holcomb said."The guys are motivated and excited, our equipment is moving fast, and we placed second here last year in the four-man."For complete results of today's race, visit www.bobsleigh.com, the Web site of the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT). Results: 1. Alexander Zoubkov and Alexey Voevoda (RUS I) 1:52.84 (56.32, 56.52); 2. Thomas Florschuetz and Enrico Kuehn (GER II) 1:53.03 (56.43, 56,60); 3. Matthias Hoepfner and Alex Mann (GER III) 1:53.12 (56.48, 56.64);_5. Steven Holcomb and Curt Tomasevicz (USA I) 1:53.37 (56.60, 56.77);_16. Mike Kohn and Steve Langton (USA II) 1:54.11 (57.09, 57.02);_21. John Napier and Chuck Berkeley (USA III) (57.33, DNS); About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation' The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Columbia Sportswear Company, Speedo, CW-X, KBC Helmets, ULU Boots, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Lumber Liquidators and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.