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Holcomb and Langton win two-man bobsled World Cup with record-breaking run
CALGARY, Canada (Nov. 29, 2013)- Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) broke an eight-year track record en route to capturing gold in the first two-man bobsled World Cup race of the season. Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske set the former record in Nov. 2005.
“It’s an interesting feeling knowing that no one has been faster than us down this track,” Holcomb said. “It’s pretty cool to have a track record on an established track, and it’s actually my first track record in two-man.”
USA-1 powered the Under Armour sled off the block in 5.10 seconds and Holcomb piloted the BMW manufactured sled to the finish in a blistering 54.51 seconds to capture the track record and race lead. Holcomb and Langton bettered their start by 0.01 seconds for a second run time of 54.71 seconds to secure the win.
“Langton gave me two great starts,” Holcomb said. “I think we could have pushed even faster, but I’m getting old and not recovering as quickly from traveling as I used to. I made a few mistakes that added up and I think there’s still some room to go even faster.”
The crew finished 0.16 seconds ahead of the 22 sleds entered into the competition with a two-run total of 1:49.22.
“I really need to credit our sled mechanics for working tirelessly to get these sleds ready,” Holcomb said. “They’ve been working around the clock and putting up with me.”
Beat Hefti and Gregor Baumann claimed silver for Switzerland with a combined time of 1:49.38. Chris Spring and Jesse Lumdsen clocked a total time of 1:49.42 to earn bronze for the host nation.
Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.) teamed together in the KOA sled for ninth, while teammates Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) were close behind in 10th. Butner and Drbal were in sixth after the first heat, but the duo dropped back three spots in the final run with a total time of 1:49.81. Cunningham and Quinn powered the 24 Hour Fitness sled to a top 10 finish with a combined time of 1:49.85.
Racing continues tomorrow with the men’s four-man bobsled competition at 10 am local time, and women’s bobsled at 2 pm.
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1. Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton (USA) 1:49.22 (54.51, 54.71); 2. Beat Hefti and Gregor Baumann (SUI) 1:49.38 (54.58, 54.80); 3. Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden (CAN) 1:49.42 (54.53, 54.89);…9. Cory Butner and Andreas Drbal (USA) 1:49.81 (54.74, 55.07); 10. Nick Cunningham and Johnny Quinn (USA) 1:49.85 (54.75, 55.10);
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