USA-1 eyes World Championship medals in third after first day of four-man bobsled racing
Photo by Charlie Booker
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 2, 2013)- Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and his four-man bobsled push crew of Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) ended the first day of World Championship racing in bronze medal position.
“Training wasn’t going well this week, so I wasn’t sure how we would fare,” Holcomb said. “We are pumped up after today, and I know exactly what I need to do tomorrow to make up some time.”
The defending World Champions powered off the block in 5.00 seconds, and Holcomb said he made a few mistakes driving the course. The crew’s first run time of 1:05.55 was fourth fastest of the heat and 0.02 seconds from bronze medal position.
USA-1 matched their start time to give the sled maximum velocity into corner one. Holcomb corrected his first run mistakes to gain time on the race leaders and moved the crew up a position with a second heat of 1:05.59. USA-1 enters tomorrow’s final heats in third with a two-run total of 2:11.14.
“There were some position changes in the second run because of the snowfall, and we were in front of it,” Holcomb said. “The guys are pumped and really stepped it up today, and I know they will go even harder tomorrow. I just have to do my job and make sure I don’t make any mistakes tomorrow.”
USA-1 is a mere 0.01 seconds ahead of Swiss driver Beat Hefti, who will be hungry to medal on his home track tomorrow. Russian Alexander Zubkov and his team of Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Maxim Mokrousov are the overnight leaders with a total time of 2:10.84. German Maximilian Arndt led his crew of Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze are just 0.05 seconds from RUS-1 with a combined time of 2:10.89.
Latvian Oskars Melbardis was in third after the first heat, but the team fell back into 11th after Melbardis muscled the sled to the finish. The top 10 sleds are separated by only 0.50 seconds, making tomorrow a competitive race for the medals.
Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.), Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.), Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) teamed together in the National Guard sled for 20th position after clocking a total time of 2:12.28. The crew posted starts of 5.03 and 5.04 seconds for runs of 1:06.20 and 1:06.08, respectively.
Junior pilot Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) made his World Championship debut today with Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.), Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) and Nic Taylor (Hayward, Calif.) in the WIDIA sled. USA-3 clocked an aggregate time of 2:13.59 for 29th position.
Racing continues this afternoon with the final two heats of the men’s skeleton World Championships at 1:15 p.m. local time. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.
Results (Heats 1 & 2):
1. Zubkov, Negodaylo, Trunenkov and Mokrousov (RUS) 2:10.84 (1:05.26, 1:05.58); 2. Arndt, Huebenbecker, Roediger and Putze (GER) 2:10.89 (1:05.21, 1:05.68); 3. Holcomb, Olsen, Langton and Tomasevicz (USA) 2:11.14 (1:05.55, 1:05.59);…20. Cunningham, Clark, Drbal and Fogt (USA) 2:12.28 (1:06.20, 1:06.08);…29. Bascue, Beckom, Quinn and Taylor (USA) 2:13.59 (1:06.56, 1:07.03);
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