USA-1 relieved to finish seventh in Winterberg's four-man bobsled World Cup

Jan. 05, 2014, 9:29 a.m. (ET)

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USA-1 relieved to finish seventh in Winterberg’s four-man bobsled World Cup


WINTERBERG, Germany (Jan. 5, 2013)- While Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and his USA-1 push crew of Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) would normally be disappointed finishing outside of the medals, the team was satisfied with a seventh place finish in today’s four-man bobsled World Cup. Winterberg featured double four-man races, and two U.S. sleds flipped out of corner nine in yesterday’s competition, including Holcomb’s team.

“It’s been a challenge this week to say the least,” said Brian Shimer, U.S. bobsled head coach. “Today was a decent result compared to yesterday. Two teams finished on their head, yet they came back today and showed the character of champions. It’s good to get a reality check and to know the rest of the world isn’t going to roll over and let us take the prize. It’s going to be a battle, and we’ll be prepared for it. We knew this would be the worst stop on tour for us, so we’ll lick our wounds and move on.”

USA-1 was in the mix off the start block with identical push times of 5.07 seconds in the two-heat race. Holcomb navigated the Night Train2 to the finish in 55.39 seconds to place the team in sixth, but the crew dropped a position after a second run of 55.64.  Their total time of 1:51.03 was just one-hundredth of a second short of a top-six result.

“We always take a knock coming from our home tracks to Europe, and it’s been a lot more challenging this year with the switch to two-man and four-man with the different steering systems in the sleds,” Shimer said. “Not to make an excuse, but we’re figuring out some issues and know what we’ve got to do to get up to speed.”

Germans swept the podium on their home track.  Maximilian Arndt and his team of Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze were victorious with a two-run total of 1:50.09. Francesco Friedrich, Jannis Baecker, Gregor Bermbach and Thorsten Margis clocked a combined time of 1:50.32 for second place, while Thomas Florschuetz, Joshua Bluhm, Kevin Kuske and Christian Poser were third with a total time of 1:50.49.

Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) and his crew of Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.), Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.) and Chris Langton (Melrose, Mass.) had a greatly improved second run today to move up from 19th to 13th. Butner piloted the CEVA sled to the finish in 55.95 and 55.59 seconds for a total time of 1:51.54.

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) led the U.S. men yesterday, but he struggled with his final two runs in Winterberg today.  Cunningham teamed with Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.), Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) and Abe Morlu (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the Century 21 branded sled for a combined time of 1:51.67 to finish 16th.

Today’s four-man race concludes the Winterberg World Cup, and teams will move on to St. Moritz, Switzerland for the fifth stop on tour.

“Next week we’ll be on a track we’ve been successful on, and hopefully we’ve worked out the kinks and will have the bad race of the season out of our system,” Shimer said.

While racing has wrapped up for the weekend, fans can tune in to NBC at 12:30 p.m. today to watch a documentary, “Driving on Ice,” about the newly constructed BMW two-man sleds for Team USA.

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

Results:

1. Arndt, Huebenbecker, Roediger and Putze (GER) 1:50.09 (55.02, 55.07); 2. Friedrich, Baecker, Bermbach and Margis (GER) 1:50.32 (55.05, 55.27); 3. Florschuetz, Bluhm, Kuske and Poser (GER) 1:50.49 (55.21, 55.28);…7. Holcomb, Tomasevicz, S. Langton and Fogt (USA) 1:51.03 (55.39, 55.64);…13. Butner, Clark, Drbal and C. Langton (USA) 1:51.54 (55.95, 55.59);…16. Cunningham, Robinson, Quinn and Morlu (USA) 1:51.67 (55.76, 55.91);

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