Holcomb Crowned Four-man Bobsled U.S. National Champion

Jan. 11, 2009, 1:59 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

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


For Immediate Release

January 11, 2009


Holcomb Crowned Four-man Bobsled U.S. National Champion


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) was named the U.S. Bobsled National Champion in four-man bobsled at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. today.  Holcomb claimed the title by 1.57 seconds, leading the field in all four heats. 


“Our BoDyn sled looks good, looks fast, and it’s definitely moving,” said Holcomb.  “Our runs over the last two days have felt great, and the sled is running really well.”


Holcomb and his push team of Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Steve Mesler (Calgary, Alberta) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) powered off the starting block with the two fastest push times of the competition, a 5.11 and 5.12, to give them the lead from top to bottom. 


Holcomb piloted his BoDyn sled, named the “Night Train,” to the finish in 54.34 and 54.41 seconds today, extending his lead from yesterday’s first two heats.  The newly crowned four-man U.S. National Champions slid a four-heat combined time of three minutes, 37.09 seconds for the gold. 


“Last week was a disappointment, because everyone likes to win,” said Holcomb, who finished third in the two-man U.S. National Championship competition last weekend.  “I’m back in my sled, and it feels good to get my mind back on track after a rough week.”


Holcomb already qualified for the 2009 World Championships, which will be held in Lake Placid from Feb. 19-March 1, through World Cup points. 


John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) claimed silver today, qualifying him to be the third U.S. sled entered into the four-man World Championship event.  Napier, an athlete in the Army World Class Athlete Program, secured his position in the World Championship two-man event by claiming the U.S. National Championship title last weekend.


“I’m graced to be competing so well,” said Napier, who has been driving bobsleds since he was 8-years old. “This is awesome, and I feel like I’ve moved into the major league.  Holcomb is among the top three pilots in the world, and it’s good to have an opportunity to chase him so that I can see where I am compared to the best.”


Napier teamed with Jesse Beckom III (Chicago, Ill.), Jamie Moriarty (Winnetka, Ill.) and Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) to finish with a four-run total of 3:38.66.  Napier and his crew pushed start times of 5.21 and 5.22 today for runs of 54.52 and 54.90 seconds, respectively. 


Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), a Sergeant in the Virginia Army National Guard and a member of the National Guard Outstanding Athlete Program, finished third for the bronze medal with a combined time of 3:39.81.  Kohn and his crew of Rocky Lanz (Gainesville, Ga.), Jacob Miller (Waterford, Va.) and Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) pushed start times of 5.30 and 5.29 for runs of 54.93 and 55.15.


Complete results for the four-man bobsled U.S. National Championships can be found below.  For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or abird@usbsf.com. 



1. Holcomb, Olsen, Mesler and Tomasevicz 3:37.09 (53.93, 54.51, 54.34, 54.41); 2. Napier, Beckom III, Moriarty and Butner 3:38.66 (54.40, 54.84, 54.52, 54.90); 3. Kohn, Lanz, Miller and Cunningham 3:39.81 (54.70, 55.03, 54.93, 55.15); 4. Grayson Fertig (New York City, N.Y.), Jim Carriel (Park City, Utah), Jeremy White (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Hoy Thurman (Warner Robin, Ga.)3:40.65 (54.79, 55.33, 55.07, 55.46); 5. Michael Bradley (Philadelphia, Pa.), Avian Jordan (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Ben Fogel (Sandy, Utah) and Derek Kresser (Salt Lake City, Utah) 3:42.72 (55.39, 55.54, 55.79, 56.00);


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 athttp://bobsled.teamusa.org.