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For Immediate Release
October 30, 2008
U.S. Sleds Sweep America's Cup Competition in Park City, Utah
PARK CITY, Utah-U.S. bobsled national team trials are being held in conjunction with the first America's Cup competition of the season held at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah from Thursday, October 30th through Sunday, November 2nd. In both the women's and two-man bobsled competitions held this morning, the U.S. claimed the top four spots to sweep the podium.
The 2006 Olympic silver medalists, Shauna Rohbock (Park City, Utah) and Valerie Fleming (Park City, Utah), were the best U.S. team in today's national team trials race after winning the women's bobsled America's Cup competition. 2002 Olympic silver medalist Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) teamed with Alex Sprague (Indianapolis, Ind.) to make his comeback bid for the World Cup team, and won today's competition by nine-hundredths of a second.
International regulations permit four sleds from each nation to slide in an America's Cup competition. In order to hold team trials in conjunction with the competition, the remaining U.S. athletes slid as forerunners to the race.
The U.S. duo of Rohbock and Fleming slid a combined time of 1:40.95 to win the first women's bobsled international competition of the 2008-09 season by 0.12 seconds against 10 sleds from around the world. Pushing start times of 5.30 and 5.35, Rohbock and Fleming raced to the finish with consistent runs of 50.48 and 50.47.
"I'm happy to be home," said Utah native Rohbock. "We've already had four races, and it feels like we've gone through a whole season already. It is nice that we can slide on two different tracks before the season begins, and hopefully it will feel a little easier when we come back for the World Cup in February."
In second was the team of Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) and Michelle Rzepka (Novi, Mich.), who combined forces to push the fastest start times of the competition, an impressive 5.22 and 5.25. Pac drove the team to the finish line in 50.50 and 50.57 seconds for a total time of 1:41.07.
Finishing third in national team trials was the team of Jamia Jackson (Lake City, Fla.) and Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.), who were not participants in the America's Cup competition, but foreran the race for a team trials time. The team slid to the finish with a combined time of 1:42.31 after sliding runs of 50.90 and 51.41.
Finishing third in the America's Cup competition and fourth in team trials was Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.) and Ingrid Marcum (Elmhurt, Ill.). The duo slid runs of 51.43 and 51.33 for a total time of 1:42.76 to claim the final America's Cup podium position.
Assisting the U.S. with a top four sweep of the competition was Phoebe Burns (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and push athlete Jamie Gruebel (Newtown, Pa.) with a combined time of 1:43.37 after runs of 51.66 and 51.71.
Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas), who came out of retirement during the 2007-08 season and is making a full comeback this year, slid with push athlete Alex Sprague (Indianapolis, Ind.) to claim both the America's Cup and national team trials win in men's two-man bobsled today. The duo pushed identical start times of 4.91 in both heats for runs of 49.31 and 49.23 to finish with a combined time of 1:38.54. Hays led an America's Cup field of 19 international sleds to take the win.
In second for both competitions was the team of Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), who have a bye onto the 2008-09 World Cup team but are still participating in team trials. Holcomb and Olsen pushed times of 4.89 and 4.90 and slid to the finish in 49.27 and 49.36 for a total time of 1:38.63.
John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Jamie Moriarty (Winnetka, Ill.) slid into third position in both the America's Cup and national team trials with a combined time of 1:39.59. The duo pushed start times of 5.09 and 5.06 for runs of 49.83 and 49.74.
Closing out the international competition from the top four was the team of Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and Jacob Miller (Waterford, Va.), who finished fourth in both races with a total time of 1:39.85 after sliding runs of 49.89 and 49.96.
For complete results of today's America's Cup race, please visit http://www.fibt.com/. Full results for the national team trials competition are listed below.
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National Team Trials Women's Bobsled:
1. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming 1:40.95 (50.48, 50.47); 2. Erin Pac and Michelle Rzepka 1:41.07 (50.50, 50.57); 3. Jamia Jackson and Emily Azevedo 1:42.31 (50.90, 51.41); 4. Bree Schaaf and Ingrid Marcum 1:42.76 (51.43, 51.33); 5. Phoebe Burns and Jamie Gruebel 1:43.37 (51.66, 51.71);
National Team Trials Men's Two-man Bobsled:
1. Todd Hays and Alex Sprague 1:38.54 (49.31, 49.23); 2. Steven Holcomb and Justin Olsen 1:38.63 (49.27, 49.36); 3. John Napier and Jamie Moriarty 1:39.59 (49.83, 49.74); 4. Mike Kohn and Jacob Miller 1:39.85 (49.89, 49.96); 5. Grayson Fertig and Theron Johnson 1:40.28 (50.10, 50.18); 6. Ethan Albrecht-Carrie and Jason Halliburton 1:40.61 (50.44, 50.17); 7. Ivan Radcliff and Avian Jordon 1:40.71 (50.34, 50.37); 8. Mike Bradley and Ben Fogel 1:40.94 (50.35, 50.59);
America's Cup Women's Bobsled:
1. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming 1:40.95 (50.48, 50.47); 2. Erin Pac and Michelle Rzepka 1:41.07 (50.50, 50.57); 3. Bree Schaaf and Ingrid Marcum 1:42.76 (51.43, 51.33); 4. Phoebe Burns and Jamie Gruebel 1:43.37 (51.66, 51.71);
America's Cup Men's Two-Man Bobsled:
1. Todd Hays and Alex Sprague 1:38.54 (49.31, 49.23); 2. Steven Holcomb and Justin Olsen 1:38.63 (49.27, 49.36); 3. John Napier and Jamie Moriarty 1:39.59 (49.83, 49.74); 4. Mike Kohn and Jacob Miller 1:39.85 (49.89, 49.96);
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