ST. MORITZ, Switzerland- Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) won silver and bronze, respectively, at the men's skeleton World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland today."They are both very strong sliders, and they have proven that they are the ones to beat,"said Martin Rettl, U.S. skeleton driving coach and 2002 Olympic silver medalist. Lund captured silver today, despite having fractured his rib in a crash out of Horseshoe corner during a training run on Wednesday."Zach should be very proud of himself,"Rettl said."He showed what kind of competitor he is today. He was a little behind in the start because of his injury, but he still had the fastest time of all in the second run, and was once again standing on the podium."Lund struggled at the start, pushing a time of 5.31 seconds, 20th best of the heat, before driving himself up 17 positions into third with a first run time of 1:10.53 seconds. Bettering his first heat effort, Lund pushed a tenth of a second faster in the second heat with a start time of 5.21 seconds, piloting his sled to the fastest time of the second run, a 1:10.04. Lund sped to the finish with the highest speed of the competition, 132.2 km/h, for a combined time of 2:20.57 to claim silver. Bernotas slid two consistent runs of 1:10.37 and 1:10.30, second and third fastest of the competition, respectively, for a two-run total of 2:20.67. Bernotas finished just 0.10 seconds from his teammate for the bronze medal. Both Americans medaled at the 2007 World Championships held in St. Moritz last season, where Bernotas claimed silver and Lund took bronze. Kristan Bromley from Great Britain claimed gold today with a combined time of 2:20.22 after sliding runs of 1:09.89, fastest of the day, and 1:10.33. Today marked Bromley's first win since 2004. U.S. National Champion Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.) had his World Cup season-best finish today, placing eighth. Smith slid runs of 1:10.66 and 1:10.61, both sixth fastest of the competition, for a combined time of 2:21.27."During training he had a time of 1:08.53, which is the fastest time this year on the track,"Rettl said."He was a little back in the push, but his driving was great. He made a great race."After today's victory, Bromley has claimed the overall World Cup lead with 1197 points. Lund is only 17 points behind with 1180 points, followed by teammate Bernotas in third with 1179."Zach and Eric will be fighting for the title this year,"Rettl said."It will be a very tight race for the overall Championship this year."Don't miss the action LIVE and On-Demand on NBCOlympics.com, courtesy of MediaZone. Check out the races for only $4.99, and find out more about bobsled, skeleton and luge, the fastest sports on ice. 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. Kristan Bromley (GBR) 2:20.22 (1:09.89, 1:10.33); 2. Zach Lund (USA) 2:20.57 (1:10.53, 1:10.04); 3. Eric Bernotas (USA) 2:20.67 (1:10.37, 1:10.30);_8. Caleb Smith (USA) 2:21.27 (1:10.66, 1:10.61); About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation'
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