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Holcomb continues dominance with four-man bobsled win in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Dec. 15, 2013)- Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) continued his dominance of the men’s bobsled World Cup circuit after winning today’s four-man bobsled event in Lake Placid. Holcomb teamed with Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) to finish the first half of the season 7-for-7.
“If you told me that I would have won everything a month ago, I would have thought you were crazy,” Holcomb said. “It is surreal and a little overwhelming.”
The USA-1 push crew powered the Night Train2 off the start with the fastest push times of the event, 4.96 and 4.97 seconds, to give Holcomb a head start down the hill. Holcomb put the team 0.20 seconds ahead of the field with a first run of 54.97 seconds.
Times in the second heat were inconsistent as snow continued to fall throughout the afternoon, and Holcomb’s crew was the last team to take a final run. Holcomb had the fastest splits, but started to lose time as he descended the course. USA-1 clocked the third fastest time of the heat, 55.18 seconds, but held onto the lead by 0.07 seconds for gold.
“Things are staring to come around,” Holcomb said. “Today’s win is definitely because of our push, and that is what kept us in the mix. I made some mistakes driving.”
British pilot James Jackson and his team of Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon were second with a total time of 1:50.22. The German squad of Thomas Florschuetz, Ronny Listner, Kevin Kuske and Christian Poser clocked a two-run total of 1:50.40 for third.
Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.), Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.), Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.) and Chris Langton (Melrose, Mass.) clocked a total time of 1:51.21 to finish 15th in the CEVA sled.
Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) teamed with Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Abe Morlu (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) in the Century 21 sled for 17th place with a two-run total of 1:51.31.
The four-man race concludes the first half of the 2013-2014 season. The U.S. team had a historic weekend, winning 11 of 21 available medals. The World Cup tour resumes in Winterberg, Germany with training on Dec. 30th.
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1. Holcomb, Tomasevicz, S. Langton and Fogt (USA) 1:50.15 (54.97, 55.18); 2. Jackson, Benson, Tasker and Fearon (GBR) 1:50.22 (55.22, 55.00); 3. Florschuetz, Listner, Kuske and Poser (GER) 1:50.40 (55.17, 55.23);…15. Butner, Clark, Drbal and C. Langton (USA) 1:51.21 (55.62, 55.59);…17. Cunningham, Olsen, Morlu and Robinson (USA) 1:51.31 (55.78, 55.53);
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