USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Holcomb Golden in Front of Hometown Crowd

Feb. 13, 2009, 7:38 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

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

 

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2009

 

Holcomb Golden in Front of Hometown Crowd

 

PARK CITY, UtahSteven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) rebounded from his two-man performance yesterday to convincingly claim gold in today’s four-man bobsled World Cup competition in Park City, Utah.

 

“I feel great,” said Holcomb.  “Finishing ninth yesterday was a disappointment.  Today was nice, because it’s good to win when people you know are at the track watching.  It feels good to be home and to come back to a place and be near things that are familiar after traveling for so many months.”

 

Holcomb crossed the finish with a combined time of one minute, 34.34 seconds to win in front of a hometown crowd.

 

“Today’s win was due to a combination of things,” said Holcomb.  “I have a great push team, a great Bo-Dyn sled, and decent driving.  The guys on my team help accelerate the sled down the hill and they do an amazing job helping me get to the finish with a fast time.”

 

Holcomb’s push crew of Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Steve Mesler (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) helped put team USA I on the podium with push times of 4.82 and 4.83, second fastest of the competition. 

 

The 2007 World Cup Champion navigated his Bo-Dyn sled down the 2002 Olympic course in 47.03 and 47.31 seconds, giving him an advantage of twenty-three hundredths to claim gold. 

 

Janis Minins from Latvia finished second with Daumants Dreiskens, Oskars Melbardis and Intars Dambis with a total time of 1:34.57 after sliding runs of 47.28 and 47.29.  In third was the Russian sled piloted by Alexsandr Zubkov with a two-run total of 1:34.68. Zubkov teamed with Romasn Oreshnikov, Dmitry Trunenkov and Dmitry Stepushkin for runs of 47.26 and 47.42 for the bronze. 

 

John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) finished 13th with a combined time of 1:35.41.  Napier teamed with Jamie Moriarty (Winnetka, Ill.), Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.) and Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) for start times of 4.90 and 4.95 before crossing the finish line in 47.71 and 47.70 seconds, respectively. 

 

Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and his crew of Jim Carriel (Park City, Utah), Jacob Miller (Waterford, Va.) and Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) finished 22nd.  Team Kohn pushed a start time of 5.01, sliding to the finish in 48.12 seconds. 

 

Competition will resume tomorrow with the final four-man bobsled World Cup competition of the season. 

 

Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing atwww.fibt.com. Watch today’s results on-demand by visiting 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. Holcomb, Olsen, Mesler and Tomasevicz (USA) 1:34.34; 2. Minins, Dreiskens, Melbardis and Dambi (LAT) 1:34.57 (47.28, 47.29); 3. Zubkov, Oreshnikov, Trunenkov and Stepushkin (RUS) 1:34.68 (47.26, 47.42);…13. Napier, Moriarty, Beckom and Butner (USA) 1:35.41 (47.71, 47.70);…22. Kohn, Carriel, Miller and Cunningham (USA) (48.12, DNS);

 

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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