BOBSLED: Holcomb Sixth in St. Moritz Four-Man Bobsled World Cup
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland-Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) piloted USA I to a sixth place finish in the men's four-man bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland today. The competition was delayed by one hour due to high winds that blew debris into the track. The Olympia bobrun is the world's only natural track, beginning in the town of St. Moritz and winding through a forest before finishing in the town of Celerina. Holcomb and push crew of Pavle Jovanovic (Tom's River, N.J.), Steve Mesler (Calgary, Alberta) and Brock Kreitzburg (Akron, Ohio) were in the mix at the start, pushing just 0.05 seconds from the top team piloted by Alexander Zubkov with a start time of 5.17 seconds. Holcomb piloted USA I to a first heat time of 1:05.41 seconds. Pushing a start time of 5.20 seconds, USA I maintained their position, sliding into sixth with a two-run total time of 2:11.11 after a second run of 1:05.70. Janis Minis claimed his second consecutive four-man bobsled gold medal today with his team of Daumants Dreiskens, Oskars Melbardis and Intars Dambis. The Latvian team slid a two-run total of 2:10.54 after runs of 1:04.93 and 1:05.61. Zubkov from Russia took silver today with Roman Orechnikov, Dmitry Trunenkov and Dmitry Stepushkin with a total time of 2:10.90 (1:05.29, 1:05.61). Four-man 2007 World Champion in St. Moritz Ivo Rueegg took bronze on his home track. Rueegg teamed with Tommy Herzog, Roman Handschin and Cedric Grand for a combined time of 2:11.03 after sliding runs of 1:05.26 and 1:05.77. Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) slid a first run time of 1:05.85, ninth fastest of the first heat. Teamed with Jamie Moriarty (Winnetka, Ill.), TJ Burns (Blue Bell, Pa.) and Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), team USA II pushed a start time of 5.19 seconds, just 0.02 seconds from USA I. Kohn and crew pushed a second start time of 5.26 seconds, finishing the heat with a time of 1:06.28, placing the team in 12th with a combined time of 2:12.13. John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) finished 15th today with his junior team of Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Jacob Miller (Waterford, Va.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah). Napier slid runs of 1:05.96 and 1:06.41 for a combined time of 2:13.37. Napier and crew will compete in the World Cup event in Koenigssee, Germany next week before vying for the Junior World Championship title in Igls, Austria. After today's competition, Zubkov leads in four-man bobsled standings with 1173 points. In second is Canada's Pierre Lueders with 1169, and Germany's Andre Lange is in third with 1156 points. Holcomb sits closely behind in fourth with 1132 points. In overall combined two and four-man standings, Lange leads with 2428 points. Lueders is second with 2274, Lubkov is third with 2206, and Holcomb is fourth with 2199 points. The teams were not available for comment, currently en route to Koenigssee, Germany for the seventh World Cup event of the 2007-08 season. For complete results of today's race, please visit www.bobsleigh.com, the Web site of the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT). Results: 1. Minis, Dreiskens, Melbardis and Dambi (LAT I) 2:10.54 (1:04.93, 1:05.61); 2. Zubkov, Orechnikov, Trunenkov and Step (RUS I) 2:10.90 (1:05.29, 1:05.61); 3. Rueegg, Herzog, Handschin and Grand (SUI I) 2:11.03 (1:05.26, 1:05.77);_6. Holcomb, Jovanovic, Mesler and Kreitzburg (USA I) 2:11.11 (1:05.41, 1:05.70);_12. Kohn, Moriarty, Burns and Langton (USA II) 2:12.13 (1:05.85, 1:06.28);_15. Napier, Olsen, Miller and Fogt (USA III) 2:13.37 (1:05.96, 1:06.41); 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, CW-X, KBC Helmets, ULU Boots, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Speedo and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.