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U.S. men continue winning streak by finishing 1-3-4 in Lake Placid two-man bobsled World Cup

Dec. 13, 2013, 12:21 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
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U.S. men continue winning streak by finishing 1-3-4 in Lake Placid two-man bobsled World Cup


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Dec. 13, 2013)- Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) continued his dominance by claiming the first gold medal of the Lake Placid World Cup in the two-man bobsled race with Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) today. Holcomb is now 5-for-5 this season. He swept the Calgary, Canada and Park City, Utah races, and is on track for claiming the Lake Placid event.  Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) carried momentum from their silver medal performance last week by earning bronze today, and Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) were one spot from the medals in fourth.

“It’s always exciting to win,” Holcomb said. “But I still have to stay on top of my game, because these guys behind me are working hard to get on the podium. We are trying to capitalize the best we can on our home tracks.”

Holcomb and Langton won the first-ever two-man bobsled world championship title for the U.S. program at the Olympic Sports Complex in 2012, and were favorites to win. The duo powered the Under Armour branded BMW sled through the snow for identical starts of 5.12 seconds, second fastest of the day, in the two-heat race. Holcomb threaded together the fastest times of the day, 54.93 and 55.69 seconds, to trounce the competition by 0.63 seconds with a combined total of 1:50.62.

“People are expecting us to go fast now,” Holcomb said. “The second run I had more mistakes than I have had in any run so far. I luckily had a good cushion. I just have to stay focused and stay on my game.”

Cunningham and Robinson were in second position after a first run of 55.46 seconds, just 0.02 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann. The Americans bettered their start in the final heat, but fell back a mere one-hundredth of a second to the Swiss.  Hefti and Baumann captured silver in 1:51.25, while Cunningham and Robinson claimed bronze in the 24 Hour Fitness branded sled with a combined time of 1:51.26.

“After winning a medal last week I thought, ‘This is better, I should do this more often,’” Robinson said.

Cunningham credits their success to not only his driving and Robinson’s athleticism, but also to the new fleet of BMW two-man sleds and sled technicians that have helped to fine-tune the new fleet for competition.

“I would love to put all of the credit on myself, but when I get on the start line and I have confidence in my equipment, it’s hard not to do well,” Cunningham said. “The sled mechanics are in the garage all day long, the coaches are out there working hard for us and making modifications to the sleds. Coming out here and getting these medals is not for us, it is to show them that their hard work is paying off.  Hopefully it will be a trend for the whole season.”

Butner and Berkeley clocked a first heat of 55.56 seconds for fifth position and were hopeful to move into the top three to sweep the men’s medals. The U.S. team pushed the KOA branded sled off the start 0.02 seconds faster in the final, but Butner was only able to move up one position into fourth with a two-run total of 1:51.43.

“We are hoping this carries over as we get into Europe,” Butner said. “Every race counts, and once again all three of us are in the top four.  That is big, we are happy about that. Honestly, Nick and I are riding [Holcomb’s] coattails for this momentum shift. It is going great, and we’re hoping to do it again tomorrow.”

The Lake Placid event features a double two-man bobsled race, so the men will be back on track at 8:30 am tomorrow morning.  Women’s and men’s skeleton athlete are on course now. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

Results:

1. Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton (USA) 1:50.62 (54.93, 55.69); 2. Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann (SUI) 1:51.25 (55.48, 55.77); 3. Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robsinon (USA) 1:51.26 (55.46, 55.80); 4. Cory Butner and Chuck Berkeley (USA) 1:51.43 (55.56, 55.87);

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: BMW of North America, Century 21 Real Estate, CEVA Logistics, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Boomerang Carnets, 24 Hour Fitness, KBC Helmets, Eastern European Distribution Company, Azad Watches, Latta USA, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Autism Speaks, Park City Lodging, Inc., EDAS/Ripxx, UberSense, Tesa Tape and Ferris Mfg. Corp. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.

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