Butner and Quinn finish ninth in two man bobsled finale

Feb. 16, 2013, 6:51 a.m. (ET)

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Butner and Quinn finish ninth in two-man bobsled finale

RZHANAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 16, 2013)- Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) teamed together in the Autism Speaks sled to lead the U.S. team in the two-man bobsled World Cup finale.  Butner and Quinn finished ninth in a tightly packed field of competitors that were hungry to claim the first-ever victory on the newly constructed 2014 Olympic track.

“There are a lot of great drivers here and to be in the mix with them is a good feeling,” Butner said.  “This is a tricky track and one mistake will cost you.”

Butner and Quinn pushed off the start block in 5.00 seconds and Butner piloted the crew to sixth position after a first run of 57.13 seconds.  The third-year pilot has quickly developed into a medal threat after bursting onto the World Cup scene to claim double silver medals on his home tracks earlier this season.  Butner again drove himself into medal contention, and he was amongst a tightly packed group of veteran drivers eager to overtake the lead.

Butner and Quinn matched their start time, and Butner navigated the sled to high speeds on the lower portion of the course for a two-run total of 1:54.79.  A few minor mistakes dropped the crew three positions into ninth in a great first effort for the young USA-2 crew on the Olympic track. 

“It was a good race and we had a lot of fun today,” Butner said.  “I was hoping to move up a spot in the final heat, but I had a sloppy run.  I’m still content with finishing the season with a top-10 finish, and it gives me more motivation to improve this offseason knowing we were in the medal hunt.”

Swiss competitors Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter were victorious with a combined time of 1:53.76.  Germans Thomas Florschuetz and Andreas Bredau trailed by 0.30 seconds to claim silver with a total time of 1:54.06, while Latvians Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens finished third with a two-run total of 1:54.16. 

Russian Alexander Zubkov was surprisingly 0.25 seconds short of medaling on his home track.  Zubkov tied Canadian Lyndon Rush for fourth place.

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) were also missing from the podium today.  Holcomb and Langton partnered in the Under Armour sled for 12th place after clocking a two-run total of 1:54.96.  The 2012 World Champions posted competitive starts of 4.91 and 4.89 seconds for runs of 57.27 and 57.69 seconds, respectively, but were unable to skirt ahead of a tightly packed field of racers.  

“Today was tough,” Holcomb said.  “I drove well, but we weren’t fast.  Wile we didn’t win, we did learn what not to do, which is a victory in itself.”

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) tidied up their second run to finish 14th with a combined time of 1:55.10.  USA-3 pushed the National Guard sled off the block in 4.90 and 4.93 seconds for runs of 57.36 and 57.74 seconds, respectively. 

“Holcomb and Cunningham did quite a bit of testing in two-man over these last two weeks,” said men’s bobsled head coach Brian Shimer.  “We brought four different setups to test on the track here in Sochi and feel that we’ve got a good grasp of what works here.  We’re looking forward to returning here next season, and we might surprise a few people.”

The 2012-2013 season will conclude on Sunday with the four-man bobsled finale at 1:45 pm local time, 4:45 am ET. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.



1. Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter (SUI) 1:53.76 (56.73, 57.03); 2. Thomas Florschuetz and Andreas Bredau (GER) 1:54.06 (56.89, 57.17); 3. Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens (LAT) 1:54.16 (56.89, 57.27);…9. Cory Butner and Johnny Quinn (USA) 1:54.79 (57.13, 57.66);…12. Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton (USA) 1:54.96 (57.27, 57.69);…14. Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson (USA) 1:55.10 (57.36, 57.74);

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