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Holcomb drives to four-man bobsled selection race victory
PARK CITY, Utah (Oct. 26, 2013)- Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) were once again the fastest four-man bobsled team down the hill in the men’s selection race series finale tonight. Since Holcomb has a bye onto the national team, pilot Nick Cunningham’s (Monterey, Calif.) second place finish was a victory.
“It’s nice to compete to see where your hard work is putting you,” Holcomb said. “You work really hard all summer long getting strong and fast and you want to see if it’s working, if you can apply it to the actual sport. It’s nice to see it’s paying off.”
Holcomb was back at the helm of the original Night Train tonight, the sled he piloted to victory at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. USA-1 didn’t match their record-tying start time from last night’s race, but their push times of 4.78 and 4.81 seconds coupled with Holcomb’s driving kept them ahead of the field. Holcomb piloted the crew to the finish in 47.81 and 48.07 seconds to lead by 0.45 seconds with a total time of 1:35.88.
“I’m pretty happy with the way we performed today,” Holcomb said. “We were back in the original Night Train. It’s still fast… We’re just testing. We want to make sure we find the fastest sled.”
“The team is on fire right now,” Holcomb said. “We’re still a month out from the start of the World Cup and they’re pumped up.”
Cunningham and his crew of Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.), Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) and Abe Morlu (Phoenix, Ariz.) put some pressure on USA-1 by posting a start time of 4.80 seconds, fastest of the heat. Cunningham credits Holcomb’s crew for setting the bar and pushing all of Team USA to get better each day.
“Holcomb is so good,” Cunningham said. “Any race you race with Holcomb, he will humble you in a heartbeat. Last night we felt like we were putting our push times together, then USA-1 ties the start record. He’ll never let you have an easy day. He will make you earn every second of it.”
Cunningham put his team in contention for a national team position by driving to the finish in 48.12 and 48.21 seconds to finish runner-up to Holcomb.
“My guys pushed their hearts out,” Cunningham said. “I did leave some time on the track, made some costly errors. My guys, they keep me in contention. My push crew is unbelievable right now.”
Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.), Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.) and Chris Langton (Melrose, Mass.) clocked a two-run total of 1:36.72. The crew pushed starts of 4.86 and 4.87 seconds, displaying the depth of talent the team has heading into the Olympic season.
Jake Peterson (Princeton, Minn.), Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.), Nic Taylor (Hayward, Calif.) and Giorgio Giurdanella (Peoria, Ariz.) were fourth with a combined time of 1:37.24.
The men’s bobsled national team will be named tomorrow morning, while skeleton racing will resume Monday and Tuesday. You can watch the event live on the official USA Bobsled & Skeleton website at www.usbsf.com.
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1. Holcomb, Tomasevicz, Langton and Fogt 1:35.88 (47.81, 48.07); 2. Cunningham, Robinson, Quinn and Morlu 1:36.33 (48.12, 48.21); 3. Butner, Berkeley, Drbal and Langton 1:36.72 (48.23, 48.49); 4. Peterson, Beckom, Taylor and Giurdanella 1:37.24 (48.55, 48.69); 5. Bascue, Olsen, Clark and Michener 1:37.25 (48.54, 48.71); 6. Noller, White, Weber and Kongela 1:37.49 (48.68, 48.81); 7. Coughlin, Yemm, Pelger and Cremin 1:38.78 (49.51, 49.27);
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