Holcomb and Fogt finish fifth in St. Moritz's two-man bobsled World Cup
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Holcomb and Fogt finish fifth in St. Moritz’s two-man bobsled World Cup
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 11, 2014)- Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) finished fifth in today’s two-man bobsled World Cup race in St. Moritz.
“Our goal is to win every race,” Holcomb said. “We swept the North American races, but those were our tracks. This is the only sport I know of where there’s a true home track advantage. We knew it was going to get harder when we came to Europe, but it doesn’t mean we’re still not trying to win.”
Holcomb won all seven races held in North America during the first half of the season, and his highest finish in last weekend’s race series in Winterberg, Germany was seventh. The Germans hadn’t won a race all season, but they were finally victorious on their home track last week. Today’s winner also happened to be a Swiss athlete who brought home gold in front of a home crowd.
“We’ve had better days,” Holcomb said. “It’s not like 100-meters is 100-meters in our sport. There are so many nuances to each track, and we have limited runs over here. We knew it would be a battle, but it’s one we’re ready to fight.”
Holcomb and Fogt accelerated the Under Armour branded BMW manufactured sled off the start with push times of 5.18 and 5.15 seconds to put the team in the mix for the medals. Holcomb piloted the crew to the finish in 1:06.86 and 1:07.09 for a total time of 2:13.95 to finish fifth. Holcomb still leads in overall two-man bobsled World Cup standings, which Holcomb said is vital to their start order at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
“Our start order in Sochi is based off international rank, so I not only want to win the title just because I want to win, but I want to win to get the best start number at the Olympics,” Holcomb said.
Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann posted a total time of 2:13.40 to win on their home track. Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda from Russia were second with a combined time of 2:13.58, while Germans Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker finished in 2:13.70 for third.
Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Abe Morlu (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished 11th in the 24 Hour Fitness branded BMW sled. The duo clocked starts of 5.19 and 5.20 for runs of 1:07.01 and 1:07.22, respectively.
Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) crashed earlier this week during training and it was questionable whether or not he’d be able to race today. Butner was back in action alongside Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.), and the pair finished 15th with a two-run total of 2:14.85 in the KOA branded sled.
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1. Beat Hefit and Alex Baumann (SUI) 2:13.40 (1:06.74, 1:06.66); 2. Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda (RUS) 2:13.58 (1:06.81, 1:06.77); 3. Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker (GER) 2:13.70 (1:06.64, 1:07.06);…5. Steven Holcomb and Chris Fogt (USA) 2:13.95 (1:06.86, 1:07.09);…11. Nick Cunningham and Abe Morlu (USA) 2:14.23 (1:07.01, 1:07.22);…15. Cory Butner and Andreas Drbal (USA) 2:14.85 (1:07.46, 1:07.39);
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