Hays Fifth in Men’s Two-Man Bobsled World Cup

Jan. 10, 2009, 7:11 a.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

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


For Immediate Release

January 10, 2009


Hays Fifth in Men’s Two-Man Bobsled World Cup


KÖNIGSSEE, Germany–Men’s two-man bobsled World Cup competition resumed in Königssee, Germany today. Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) finished fifth as the sole U.S. sled entered into the competition, and the only North American to finish in the top ten.


“Todd has been away from these European tracks for two years,” said Sepp Plozza, U.S. team head coach.  “Every week has been a challenge for him, but he works hard to reach his goals and always gives his best, whether in training or on race day.  He’s getting better every day, and it has been impressive to see him come back into the sport.”


Hays teamed with Chuck Berkeley (Clayton, Calif.), who made his debut in the sport last season, for a fifth place result with a combined time of one minute, 39.35 seconds.  Team Hays finished just 0.14 seconds from the gold medal, and only 0.04 seconds from the bronze.    


It’s amazing to see how close the competition is,” said Plozza.  “It’s really very exciting, and there are more and more sleds each season that are in the mix.”


Hays and Berkeley pushed start times of 5.00 and 4.96 for runs of 49.65 and 49.70, respectively.


“Chuck did a good job,” said Plozza.  “He is still new to the team and needs a little more time and practice.  With more pushes, he’ll get better and better.”


Germany’s Thomas Florschütz and Marc Kühne claimed gold on one of their home tracks with a two-heat total of 1:39.21 after crossing the finish line in 49.56 and 49.65 seconds.  Urs Rueegg and Cédric Grand from Switzerland finished second after sliding runs of 49.54 and 49.73 for a combined time of 1:39.27. 


Russians Alexandr Zubkov and Dmitry Trunenkov tied for the bronze medal with Germany’s Karl Angerer and Alex Mann with a two-run total of 1:39.31.  Team Zubkov slid runs of 49.58 and 49.73 seconds, while team Angerer crossed the finish in 49.73 and 49.58 seconds.


Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) remained in Lake Placid, N.Y. for additional training, and will be competing in four-man bobsled U.S. National Championships on the 2009 World Championship track today. 


Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing at www.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, orabird@usbsf.com. 



1. Thomas Florschütz and Marc Kühne (GER) 1:39.21 (49.56, 49.65); 2. Urs Rueegg and Cédric Grand (SUI) 1:39.27 (49.54, 49.73); 3. Alexandr Zubkov and Dmitry Trunenkov (RUS) 1:39.31 (49.58, 49.73); 3. Karl Angerer and Alex Mann (GER) 1:39.31 (49.73, 49.58); 4. Todd Hays and Chuck Berkeley (USA) 1:39.35 (49.65, 49.70);


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