USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Bascue leads U.S. in Junior World Championships with two top-10 finishes

Jan. 26, 2014, 10:40 p.m. (ET)

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Bascue leads U.S. in Junior World Championships with two top-10 finishes


WINTERBERG, Germany (Jan. 26, 2014)- Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) posted two top-10 finishes at Junior World Championships with the help of teammates Kevin Ives (Stafford, Va.), Harry Lightsey (Kiawah Island, S.C.) and Michael McCarty (Hudson, Ohio). Bascue and McCarty finished seventh in the two-man bobsled competition, while Bascue, Ives, Lightsey and McCarty combined forces for an eighth place finish in the four-man race.

Per International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation rules, juniors are athletes who have not yet reached the age of 26 on the date of the race for bobsled, and 23 years old for skeleton. The event was held on the Winterberg track in Germany from Jan. 21-26.

“I could not be any more proud of myself and my push athletes for pulling off these results after having just one week together as a team and just one week on this track,” Bascue said.  “This month has been a very long, but also very fun and awesome experience. To cap it off with such a great performance in Junior World Championships just makes it that much better.”

Bascue and McCarty posted a total time of 1:55.46 after clocking runs of 57.60 and 57.86 seconds to finish seventh in the two-man competition. Bascue, Ives, Lightsey and McCarty were again close to a top six finish with a combined time of 1:54.28 after sliding runs of 57.19 and 57.09 seconds in the four-man race for eighth place. The developing crew proved they are a future threat for the podium by challenging accomplished teams on their home track. This was Bascue’s first time sliding the German course.

“This month gave me a ton more experience on European tracks,” Bascue said. “This has been a great and eventful season, and I am proud of all of the athletes I raced with and Team USA as a whole. This weekend has given me great momentum going into the offseason and I can't wait to see what next year brings.”

Nico Walther and Tino Paasche from Germany were the two-man title winners with a total time of 1:53.85. Germans Albrecht Klammer and Christian Schmacht clocked a combined time of 1:54.02 for second, while Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer from Austria were third with an aggregate time of 1:54.28.

The Germans swept the four-man bobsled podium. Klammer teamed with Phillipp Knoetzsch, Pierre Jaques and Florian Kunze for a total time of 1:52.98 to secure the four-man title. Maxim Andrianov, Pavel Utkin, Yuriy Chubakov and Vladimir Zaitsev posted a combined time of 1:53.28 to secure silver, and Matthias Boehmer, Axel Christ, Johannes Lochner and Phillipp Wobeto were third with a two-run total of 1:53.28.

The U.S. did not enter any competitors in the women’s bobsled event.

Meghan Sullivan (Bluemont, Va.) and Kevin McGlade (Stafford, Va.) finished 12th in the women’s and men’s skeleton events. Meghan clocked a combined time of 2:03.08 to lead the U.S. in the women’s race, while McGlade slid to the finish in 1:59.62 for his 12th place result.  Up-and-coming athlete Gracie Clapp (St. Johns, Fla.) was 17th with a total time of 2:03.63.

“Winterberg is a frustrating track, but I took some advice from my teammates and just tried to relax during my runs,” Sullivan said. “I was really hoping to finish in the top ten, but I feel I have learned a lot about myself and how I slide this season so I am satisfied with my results. This was a good race to end the season on and I wish I could take one more carefree run down this track before I head home.”

 “I was kind of disappointed with my finish,” McGlade said. “The whole week I was able to train in the top ten. I made some costly mistakes on the bottom of the track both runs that resulted in slower speeds and ultimately dropped spots in the last corner on the track.  I’m feeling happy with the improvement from last year, and I’m excited to go back home and get some much needed training so I can come back next year and hopefully have a much more competitive season.”

Jacqueline Loelling from Germany was the women’s skeleton winner with a time of 1:59.93.  Canadian Elisabeth Vathje clocked a combined time of 2:00.15 to earn silver, and Maria Marinela Mazilu from Romania was third with a two-run total of 2:00.89.

German Kilian von Schleinitz was the men’s winner with a cumulative time of 1:56.88. Christopher Grotheer from Germany clocked a total of 1:57.01 to claim silver and Austria’s Raphael Maier finished in 1:57.42 for third.

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Results:

Men’s two-man bobsled:

1. Nico Walther and Tino Paasche (GER) 1:53.85 (56.75, 57.10); 2. Albrecht Klammer and Christian Schmacht (GER) 1:54.02 (56.80, 57.22); 3. Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer (AUT) 1:54.28 (57.07, 57.21);…7. Codie Bascue and Michael McCarty (USA) 1:55.46 (57.60, 57.86);

Men’s four-man bobsled:

1. Klammer, Knoetzsch, Jaques and Kunze (GER) 1:52.98 (56.45, 56.53); 2. Andrianov, Utkin, Chubakov and Zaitsev (RUS) 1:53.28 (56.60, 56.68); 2. Boehmer, Christ, Lochner and Wobeto (GER) 1:53.28 (56.64, 56.64);…8. Bascue, Ives, Lightsey and McCarty (USA) 1:54.28 (57.19, 57.09);

Men’s skeleton:

1. Kilian von Schleinitz (GER) 1:56.88 (58.36, 58.52); 2. Christopher Grotheer (GER) 1:57.01 (58.30, 58.71); 3. Raphael Maier (AUT) 1:57.42 (58.64, 58.78);…12. Kevin McGlade (USA) 1:59.62 (59.82, 59.80);

Women’s skeleton:
1. Jacqueline Loelling (GER) 1:59.93 (1:00.28, 59.65); 2. Elisabeth Vathje (CAN) 2:00.15 (1:00.33, 59.82); 3. Maria Marinela Mazilu (ROU) 2:00.89 (1:00.75, 1:00.14);…12. Meghan Sullivan (USA) 2:03.08 (1:01.99, 1:01.09);…17. Gracie Clapp (USA) 2:03.63 (1:02.40, 1:01.23);

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