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USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Bernotas Pockets Silver in Park City, Utah

Feb. 11, 2009, 3:29 p.m. (ET)
 

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

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

 

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2009

 

Bernotas Pockets Silver in Park City, Utah

 

PARK CITY, Utah-The men's skeleton World Cup tour continued on the 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah today as the Cesana, Italy make-up race. Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) claimed silver, just three-hundredths of a second from the lead, while Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) continues to threaten the podium with a fourth place result. 

Watch Bernotas slide a silver medal performance by visiting www.universalsports.com

"I didn't give up," said Bernotas, whose best result this season until today was fifth place in St. Moritz, Switzerland.  "I knew that I could do it, and everyone has supported me and believed that I could still do it, which helped me get back on the podium today."

Bernotas is no stranger to the medal stand, having finished second in overall World Cup rankings in the 2006-07 standings, and fourth last season. 

"It was difficult to gauge where I was during training because it was snowing and unpredictable," said Bernotas.  "There was light snow today, but not enough to effect the track.  It was very consistent, and I'm really happy with my result.  I made a few mistakes, but you don't always have perfect runs.  I feel solid, and I'm just enjoying the medal."

Bernotas was in the lead after the first heat with a run of 49.26 seconds, but fell back into second by only 0.03 seconds after a second run of 49.59.  The veteran U.S. slider claimed the silver medal with a two-run total of one minute, 38.85 seconds.

The "Russian Rocket," Alexander Tretiakov, powered off the starting block with identical push times of 4.60 seconds, giving him a huge advantage at the start.  Tretiakov slid runs of 49.49 and 49.33 for a total time of 1:38.82 to claim gold. 

In third was Germany's Frank Rommel, who secured his fifth World Cup medal this season with a combined time of 1:38.88 after crossing the finish line in 49.35 and 49.53 seconds.

Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) slid his second top six result in only his fourth World Cup competition, finishing fourth today with a two-run total of 1:39.40.

"I felt more focused and relaxed than ever being back on one of our home tracks," said Antoine. "Results are coming together, and it was nice to come back to a track I already know instead of having to learn another new course in a few short days."

Antoine pushed times of 4.81 and 4.80 for runs of 49.64 and 49.76, respectively. 

"I wanted to go out and have consistent runs, which I did," said Antoine.  "I focused on what I needed to do, and I don't really think about who I'm competing against.  Now I need to prepare for tomorrow, and we'll see what happens."

Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished 13th with a combined time of 1:40.00 after sliding runs of 50.03 and 49.97 seconds.  Lund has been struggling with equipment, and is looking forward to returning tomorrow for the final World Cup event.

Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing at http://www.fibt.om/. Watch today's results on-demand by visiting http://www.universalsports.com/

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

Results:

1. Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 1:38.82 (49.49, 49.33); 2. Eric Bernotas (USA) 1:38.85 (49.26, 49.59); 3. Frank Rommel (GER) 1:38.88 (49.35, 49.53); 4. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:39.40 (49.64, 49.76);...13. Zach Lund (USA) 1:40.00 (50.03, 49.97);

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, ULU Boots and Ferris Mfg. Corp. 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, EXA, Lumber Liquidators, Lincoln Electronics and Racing Electronics.  For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org/.

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