Holcomb in Four-man Bobsled U.S. National Championship Lead

Jan. 10, 2009, 12:54 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

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


For Immediate Release

January 10, 2009


Holcomb in Four-man Bobsled U.S. National Championship Lead


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) is in the four-man bobsled U.S. National Championship lead after the first two of hour heats at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. today.  Holcomb has been training and testing equipment on the 2009 World Championship track before rejoining the team in Vancouver, Canada for international training week.


“It felt fantastic to be in my own equipment today, and it shows how important it is to be comfortable in order to slide fast,” said Holcomb, who borrowed equipment for last weekend’s two-man competition while his crate was en route from Europe. 


Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Steve Mesler (Calgary, Alberta) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) pushed start times of 5.13 and 5.18 for runs of 53.93 and 54.51, respectively.  The World Cup medalists slid to the finish with a two-run total of 1:48.44, giving the team a lead of 0.80 seconds going into tomorrow’s final heats. 


“The first heat was really fast,” said Holcomb.  “This was the first time in four years that I’ve had a time under 54 seconds.”


John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.), who won the two-man bobsled U.S. National Championship title last week to earn a spot in the two-man World Championship event, is currently in second with a total time of 1:49.24.  Napier and his crew of Jesse Beckom III (Chicago, Ill.), Jamie Moriarty(Winnetka, Ill.) and Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) pushed start times of 5.23 and 5.26 for runs of 54.40 and 54.84.


“Conditions were great today, and the ice was fast,” said Napier.  “I’m carrying momentum from the two-man race, and I have more self confidence.  It’s good to have someone to chase, and competing against Holcomb is a good challenge.  Tonight I need to rest, and focus on eating because we’re all underweight.”


In order to qualify for the four-man World Championship event, Napier must be the top sled after tomorrow’s final two heats, excluding Holcomb who has already secured his spot through World Cup points. 


Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) is in third with a combined time of 1:49.73.  Kohn teamed with Rocky Lanz (Gainesville, Ga.), Jacob Miller(Waterford, Va.) and Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) for push times of 5.27 and 5.32 for runs of 54.70 and 55.03.


The four-man bobsled U.S. National Championships will conclude tomorrow with the final two heats at 10:30 am ET.


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



1. Holcomb, Olsen, Mesler and Tomasevicz 1:48.44 (53.93, 54.51); 2. Napier, Beckom III, Moriarty and Butner 1:49.24 (54.40, 54.84); 3. Kohn, Lanz, Miller and Cunningham 1:49.73 (54.70, 55.03); 4. Fertig, Carriel, White and Thurman 1:50.12 (54.79, 55.33); 5. Bradley, Jordan, Fogel and Kresser 1:50.93 (55.39, 55.54);


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