Men's bobsled team continues U.S. winning streak with 1-2-4 finishes in Park City World Cup
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Men’s bobsled team continues U.S. winning streak with 1-2-4 finishes in Park City World Cup
PARK CITY, Utah (Dec. 6, 2013)- The U.S. men’s bobsledders continued the team’s winning streak from earlier today when four medals were won by the skeleton and women’s bobsled athletes after finishing 1-2-4 in the two-man race this evening. Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) teamed with Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) for his second consecutive win this season by 0.25 seconds. Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) earned their first-career World Cup two-man medal after finishing second, and teammates Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) finished a mere 0.13 seconds from the medals in fourth.
“It is a great day for the United States finishing 1-2-4 along with the women’s results,” Holcomb said. “It is the right time to have everyone doing well and seeing everyone click is really good. My guys are motivated and pumped up in seeing our success today. I think it is going to motivate them even more tomorrow. We’ve worked really hard on these sleds since October and we are starting to see them really come around. Right now they are doing really well.”
Holcomb and Fogt were fastest from start to finish with push times of 4.85 and 4.82 seconds, but they weren’t able to replicate their unofficial record-breaking start time from October’s selection races due to light snow.
“With the snow it was tough, but we were really looking to set another start record officially,” Holcomb said. “The conditions just weren’t right today.”
Holcomb effortlessly piloted his BMW manufactured sled to the finish with a combined time of 1:35.51 for his second two-man bobsled victory in as many races this season.
Cunningham earned his first-ever World Cup medal last season in a Lake Placid, N.Y. four-man race, but the closest he’s come to a two-man medal was a fifth place result until today. Cunningham and Robinson powered the 24 Hour Fitness branded BMW sled off the block in 4.86 seconds and Cunningham expertly guided the crew to the finish in second position with a time of 47.84 seconds. Despite a few mistakes in the final run, the crew was able to hang onto medal position with a total time of 1:35.76.
“You can tell the depth and drive of this team,” Cunningham said. “Our results really do show that we are here, we know it is the Olympic season, and we all have to work a little harder. We all have to work as a team to get these kinds of results. I think we did all come together this week. The sled techs have been working around the clock. They have really showed why we are one of the best teams in the world. We have great coaching, support staff, sled builders, mechanics. It has really shown that we have the tools to win.”
Butner and Berkeley were caught in snowy conditions in their first run and were in eighth place. No strangers to climbing standings in the final heat, the crew rallied to fourth place with a two-run total of 1:35.93.
“We were shooting for 1-2-3, but the snow held us back a little bit,” Butner said. “I told Chuck last year we went from ninth to second. This year was the same thing, we are very happy going from eighth to fourth. The combination between Chuck and I works well. He helps to keep me calm and allows me to drive well. Last year we did it twice and I hope we can do it again.”
Racing continues tomorrow with the second women’s bobsled race and the men’s four-man bobsled competition at 10 am local time.
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1. Steven Holcomb and Christopher Fogt (USA) 1:35.51 (47.76, 47.75); 2. Nick Cunnigham and Dallas Robinson (USA) 1:35.76 (47.84, 47.92); 3. Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker (GER) 1:35.80 (47.93, 47.87); 4. Cory Butner and Charles Berkeley (USA) 1:35.93 (48.04, 47.89);
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