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Fogt third in World Bobsled Push Challenge
CALGARY, Canada (Nov. 23, 2013)- U.S. national bobsled push champion Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) finished third in tonight’s World Push Challenge at Canada Olympic Park’s Ice House. Athletes raced off this morning for one of 10 spots in the finals, and the athlete with the fastest single push time from the brakes was declared the winner.
“This was such a great experience,” Fogt said. “The brakeman don’t get a chance to be in the spotlight too often, so it was nice having the opportunity to showcase our hard work.”
This was only the second-ever world push competition. Fogt, a captain in the U.S. Army and member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program, was unable to participate in the first competition while deployed in Iraq during the 2010-2011 season, and he’s made a strong statement since returning to the sport by earning the 2013 national title.
Despite a cramp in his right calf before pushing off, Fogt mustered a start time of 5.092 seconds to claim bronze. Canadians Jesse Lumsden and Lascelles Brown finished 1-2 with push times of 5.004 and 5.064 seconds, respectively.
“It looks like I slipped at the start, but my calf was cramped,” Fogt said. “I was just happy to keep the Canadians from a full sweep. It was great to get back into competing, and I’m really looking forward to showing what we have on the hill next week.”
Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) clocked a time of 5.126 for fifth place. Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) finished just 0.113 seconds behind his teammate for sixth.
Heather Moyse completed a Canadian sweep of the competition with a start time of 5.550 seconds. Judith Vis and Sanne Dekker from the Netherlands clocked times of 5.747 and 5.760 seconds, respectively, to claim the silver and bronze medals.
The winners won prize money of $2,000 each plus an Omega watch valued at $4,500 and Smithbilt cowboy hats. Second place finishers earned a $1,000 prize, third place was awarded $500, and the remaining competitors through 10th place earned $100 each.
The U.S. did not enter any women into the competition. The women’s national bobsled team wrapped up a three-race series of North American Cup races in Park City, Utah today, and the World Cup tour kicks off next week in Calgary with races from Nov. 29-30.
1. Jesse Lumsden (CAN) 5.004; 2. Lascelles Brown (CAN) 5;064; 3. Chris Fogt (USA) 5.092; 4. Neville Wright (CAN) 5.111; 5. Dallas Robinson (USA) 5.126; 6. Justin Olsen (USA) 5.239; 7. Jakub Havlin (CZE) 5.316; 8. Michal Vacel (CZE) 5.330; 9. Francesco Costa (ITA) 5.346; 10. Dominik Dvorak (CZE) 5.371;
1. Heather Moyse (CAN) 5.550; 2. Judith Vis (NED) 5.747; 3. Sanne Dekker (NED) 5.760; 4. Kelly Denyer (GBR) 5.775; 5. Ashley Shumate (CAN) 5.815; 6. Hanna Emilie Marien (BEL) 5.819; 7. Viola Kleiser (AUT) 5.896; 8. Inga Versen (AUT) 5.927; 9. Eveline Vercammen (BEL) 6.004.
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