Bascue and Greubel Poser capture USA Bobsled National Championship titles; Team USA collects eight medals in women’s and men’s two-man bobsled North American Cup finale

March 14, 2016, 3 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director
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Bascue and Greubel Poser capture USA Bobsled National Championship titles; Team USA collects eight medals in women’s and men’s two-man bobsled North American Cup finale


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (March 14, 2016)- Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pa.) and Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) teamed with Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) and David Cremin (Annondale, Va.), respectively, to capture the 2016 USA Bobsled National Championship titles in Lake Placid, N.Y. today. The championship was held in conjunction with the women’s and men’s two-man bobsled North American Cup finale, where Team USA collected eight medals and one overall title.

Three women’s sleds and four men’s sleds were entered into the North American Cup competitions for Team USA, while the remaining athletes raced in USA Bobsled National Championships as forerunners in the North American Cup today.

Greubel Poser and Gibbs were forerunners, and they dominated the national championship field with times of 57.73 and 58.13 seconds. The duo claimed the 2016 USA Bobsled National Championship title in the Under Armour wrapped BMW sled with a total time of 1:55.86. Greubel Poser has had a notable season, finishing in the top six in all eight World Cup stops and securing six medals to finish second in overall World Cup standings. The Olympic bronze medalist was looking forward to capping the season back on home ice before starting her offseason.

“It’s always fun to end the season on home ice,” Greubel Poser said. “It was also great to see so many athletes here to race in the North American Cup. Physically, we are feeling the effects of a long season on the road. However, this week has been a great opportunity to try some different ways to prepare for sliding and racing. We always want to use the time that we have on the ice to work on things, mentally or physically, and try to make improvements. Lauren and I have found that ‘spring’ sliding is a great time for that. We couldn't be happier to end the season with our second National Championship title.”

Bascue teamed with Cremin to convincingly lead the men’s field with a total time of 1:52.41 after clocking runs of 56.09 and 56.32 seconds to claim their first career USA Bobsled National Championship title.

 “I’m so happy to be national champion,” Bascue said. “Something like that always looks great on the resume, so I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t have done it without David. Hopefully this is the first of many.”

Olympic medalists Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) elected to begin their offseason in preparation for the 2016-2017 season and did not race in the 2016 USA Bobsled National Championships. Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) raced in yesterday’s North American Cup and plans to compete in the upcoming four-person competitions, so he was unable to race today per international rules.

Team USA swept the men’s podium in yesterday’s North American Cup races, led by Bascue and Adrian Adams (Reidsville, N.C.) with a total time of 1:52.10. Cunningham and Sam Michener (Gresham, Ore.) rallied from third in the first heat to claim silver with a combined time of 1:52.28. Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Brent Fogt (Alpine, Utah) led the field after the first run and posted the fastest starts of the competition, and the rookie duo helped Team USA complete the medal sweep by securing bronze in 1:52.37.

“Another sweep of the podium for Team USA was so great to see,” said Bascue. “Hopefully we can keep this momentum heading into four-man at the end of the week.”

Dakarai Kongela (Suquamish, Wash.) and Dustin Greenwood (Palmyra, Va.) finished seventh with a two-run total of 1:54.39.

Bascue teamed with Cremin to follow up his performance with another victory today after posting a combined time of 1:52.41 to win his second North American Cup race this week and the USA Bobsled National Championship title. Olsen and Luis Moreira (Dallas, Texas) moved up to claim silver today in 1:52.90, and also claimed second place in USA Bobsled National Championships. Cunningham did not race today, leaving the door open for the third podium spot. Canadians Nick Poloniato and Daniel Sunderland nabbed the North American Cup bronze in 1:53.06.

“It’s such a great feeling to end this crazy year on a high note with two-man,” Bascue said. “These two races were very competitive, which made it so much fun to race in. Adrian and David both did great jobs pushing me to competitive start times and putting me into the position to do really well these past two days.”

Kongela teamed with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) for fifth place in the North American Cup and third in championships with a two-run total of 1:54.06..Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) and Christopher Kinney (Alpharetta, Ga.) were seventh in 1:54.72 and fourth in championships. Geoff Gabdois (Milton, Vt.) and Ryan Restemayer (Jefferson City, Mo.) foreran today and posted the fifth fastest combined time of 1:54.76 to finish fifth in USA Bobsled National Championships. Colin Coughlin (Fishkill, N.Y.) and Adams also foreran and were sixth in championships with a combined time of 1:55.13.

Poloniato wrapped up the two-man bobsled season with the North American Cup title after collecting 870 points. The Canadian medaled in all but one race this season. Suk from Korea finished second with 744 points. Olsen pocked 736 points to finish third in standings, followed by Kongela in fourth with 710 points and Bascue in fifth with 702 points.

Team USA battled it out for the podium in the women’s bobsled North American Cup race yesterday. Nicole Vogt (Dallas, Texas) and Maureen Ajoku (San Jose, Calif.) were in third after the first heat, but the duo fell back one spot into fourth to teammates Kristi Koplin (Cedar City, Utah) and Bonnie Kilis (Marlborough, Conn.) Koplin and Kilis clocked the fastest start times of the field, and Koplin took advantage of the lead to move into bronze medal position with a total time of 1:57.19. Vogt and Ajoku finished fourth in 1:57.26.

Canadians Alysia Rissling and Kasha Lee were victorious in 1:56.63. Yooran Kim and Minseong Kim from Korea were second in 1:57.10.

Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) and Terra Evans (Phoenix, Ariz.) were on pace for the medals, but a mistake on the lower portion of the track flipped the sled. The team did not cross the finish line and were disqualified.

Eberling and Evans rebounded today by winning the women’s bobsled season finale. The duo clocked the fastest times of the competition to convincingly take the lead with a total time of 1:56.40. They were victorious in the North American Cup race and runners-up in USA Bobsled National Championships behind Greubel Poser and Gibbs.

“Getting back into the sled after crashing in yesterday’s race was one of the hardest physical and mental challenges I’ve faced,” Eberling said. “While the runs weren’t gold medal worthy, I’ll take ending the season on a high note. I can’t say enough about Terra for sticking with me through my growing pains and for putting us so far ahead at the start.”

Rissling and Lee secured silver in 1:57.02, just ahead of Koplin and Ajoku. The Americans claimed bronze with the third fastest runs of both heats for a combined time of 1:57.21, and finished third in USA Bobsled National Championships.

“I am thrilled to end the season with two bronze medals here in Lake Placid,” Koplin said. “I am reminiscent of this time last year when I had my first trip off the top and now being able to compete and earn two medals one year later is really a cool experience. I couldn’t have done it without my awesome brakeman Bonnie and Maureen. We really had some struggles as a team during the last few weeks trying to cut weight and sliding with an unpadded sled. I couldn’t have made the weight without their dedication and commitment. Overall, I’m looking forward to training during the summer and making progress towards the upcoming season.”

Vogt teamed with Kristen Hurley (Columbia, Conn.) for sixth place in the North American Cup race and fourth in the championships with a total time of 1:57.80.

Vogt finished the season with the women’s bobsled North American Cup title after collecting 776 points from three medal performances. Rissling finished second with 772 points, while Kim was third with 718 points. Eberling missed a few races while competing in Europe and finished ranked seventh with 502 points. Brittany Reinbolt and Koplin raced in a handful of North American Cup competitions to finish ninth and 10th, respectively.

Racing continues in Lake Placid this week with the four-person bobsled and skeleton North American Cup finales on Thursday and Friday.

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250. Get updates on the team by following USA Bobsled & Skeleton on Facebook, USBSF on Twitter and USABS on Instagram.

Results

USA Men’s Bobsled National Championships
1. Codie Bascue and David Cremin (USA) 1:52.41 (56.09, 56.32);
2. Justin Olsen and Luis Moreira (USA) 1:52.90 (56.21, 56.69);
3. Dakarai Kongela and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (USA) 1:54.06 (56.98, 57.08);
4. Hunter Church and Christopher Kinney (USA) 1:54.72 (57.29, 57.43);
5. Geoff Gadbois and Ryan Restemayer (USA) 1:54.76 (57.24, 57.52);
6. Colin Coughlin and Adrian Adams (USA) 1:55.13 (57.43, 57.70);

USA Women’s Bobsled National Championships
1. Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 1:55.86 (57.73, 58.13);
2. Katie Eberling and Terra Evans (USA) 1:56.40 (58.22, 58.18);
3. Kristi Koplin and Maureen Ajoku (USA) 1:57.21 (58.43, 58.78);
4. Nicole Vogt and Kristen Hurley (USA) 1:57.80 (58.74, 59.06);

Men’s two-man bobsled North American Cup #1:
1. Codie Bascue and Adrian Adams (USA) 1:52.10 (55.81, 56.29);
2. Nick Cunningham and Sam Michener (USA) 1:52.28 (55.83, 56.45);
3. Justin Olsen and Brent Fogt (USA) 1:52.37 (55.80, 56.57);
7. Dakarai Kongela and Dustin Greenwood (USA) 1:54.39 (56.84, 57.55);

Women’s bobsled North American Cup #1:
1. Alysia Rissling and Kasha Lee (CAN) 1:56.63 (57.96, 58.67);
2. Yooran Kim and Minseong Kim (KOR) 1:57.10 (58.31, 58.79);
3. Kristi Koplin and Bonnie Kilis (USA) 1:57.19 (58.45, 58.74);
4. Nicole Vogt and Maurren Ajoku (USA) 1:57.26 (58.38, 58.88);
DNF Katie Eberling and Terra Evans (USA)

Men’s two-man bobsled North American Cup #2:
1. Codie Bascue and David Cremin (USA) 1:52.41 (56.09, 56.32);
2. Justin Olsen and Luis Moreira (USA) 1:52.90 (56.21, 56.69);
3. Nick Poloniato and Danile Sunderland (CAN) 1:53.06 (56.36, 56.70);
5. Dakarai Kongela and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (USA) 1:54.06 (56.98, 57.08);
7. Hunter Church and Christopher Kinney (USA) 1:54.72 (57.29, 57.43);

Women’s bobsled North American Cup #2:
1. Katie Eberling and Terra Evans (USA) 1:56.40 (58.22, 58.18);
2. Alysia Rissling and Kasha Lee (CAN) 1:57.02 (58.37, 58.65);
3. Kristi Koplin and Maureen Ajoku (USA) 1:57.21 (58.43, 58.78);
6. Nicole Vogt and Kristen Hurley (USA) 1:57.80 (58.74, 59.06);

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