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Mar 07 U.S. National Team Trials Conclude; Holcomb Wins Final Four-Man Race

Nov. 02, 2008, 2:56 p.m. (ET)
Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

(518) 523-1842, ext 106, abird@usbsf.com

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2008

U.S. National Team Trials Conclude;

Holcomb Wins Final Four-Man Race

PARK CITY, Utah- U.S. national team trials concluded after the final America's Cup competition today at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.  The U.S. team collaboratively claimed 28 medals over four days of competition in the first stop of the America's Cup circuit.  Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) was triumphant again, claiming his second international win of the season in the final four-man bobsled race against a field of 11 sleds. 

Despite having a bye onto the 2008-09 World Cup team, Holcomb participated in the series of team trials races to prepare for the season.  Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Steve Mesler (Calgary, Alberta), and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) won today's America's Cup and team trials competition with a combined time of 1:40.12.  The team powered off the starting block with the best push times of the race, a 4.82 and 4.85, for the fastest runs of the day, a 50.49 and 49.63. 

Finishing 1.10 seconds behind team Holcomb for second place was 2002 Olympic silver medalist Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) with a total time of 1:41.22.  Hays and squad of Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.), Bill Schuffenhauer (Ogden, Utah) and Casey Strickland (Oxford, Fla.) pushed times of 4.92 and 4.98, to slide runs of 50.87 and 50.35, respectively, to make their final bid for the World Cup team.

Taking third to assist the U.S. team with a sweep of the podium was 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and his team of TJ Burns (Blue Bell, Pa.), Jacob Miller (Waterford, Va.) and Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.).  The team pushed the second fastest times of the race, an identical 4.91 in both heats.  Kohn piloted his sled to a bronze medal finish with a total time of 1:41.73 after runs of 51.20 and 50.53.

The 2008-09 men's bobsled World Cup team will be announced shortly following a team meeting today.  For complete results of today's America's Cup race, please visit www.fibt.com. Full results for the national team trials competition are listed below.

For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or abird@usbsf.com

Results:

National Team Trials Four-Man:

1. Holcomb, Olsen, Mesler and Tomasevicz 1:40.12 (50.49, 49.63); 2. Hays, Beckom, Schuffenhauer and Strickland 1:41.22 (50.87, 50.35); 3. Kohn, Burns, Miller and Cunningham 1:41.73 (51.20, 50.53); 4. Napier, Moriarty, Fogt and Lanz 1:42.25 (51.56, 50.69); 5. Fertig, Carriel, Butner, Johnson 1:43.23(51.87, 51.36); 6. Bradley, Fogel, Hoy and Kresser 1:44.24 (52.30, 51.94); 7. Albrecht-Carrie, Horton, Golobowski and Halliburton 1:44.38 (52.33, 52.05);

America's Cup Four-man:

1. Holcomb, Olsen, Mesler and Tomasevicz 1:40.12 (50.49, 49.63); 2. Hays, Beckom, Schuffenhauer and Strickland 1:41.22 (50.87, 50.35); 3. Kohn, Burns, Miller and Cunningham 1:41.73 (51.20, 50.53);...5. Napier, Moriarty, Fogt and Lanz 1:42.25 (51.56, 50.69);

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, Vilter Manufacturing, KBC Helmets, Luminox Watch Company and ULU Boots. The USBSF would also like to thank the following sponsors and suppliers for their partner, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project:  Whelen Engineering, PPG, Columbia Sportswear, JEGS Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools and Racing Electronics.  For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org/.

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