USA Bobsled claims five medals in women’s and men’s two-man bobsled Lake Placid North American Cup

Dec. 01, 2018, 6:07 p.m. (ET)

 

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USA Bobsled claims five medals in women’s and men’s two-man bobsled Lake Placid North American Cup

 

 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2018)USA Bobsled continued collecting hardware on the North American Cup tour, securing five medals in the women’s and men’s two-man bobsled races in Lake Placid over the last two days. Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) and Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) claimed two silver medals, Frank Del Duca (Bethel, Maine) and Sam Moeller (Houston, Texas) won two bronze medals, while Nicole Vogt (Dallas, Texas) and Tiffeny Parker (Moreno Valley, Calif.) contributed a silver medal.

“We rebounded strongly from a couple of pretty disappointing Park City, Utah races,” said USA Bobsled development coach and three-time Olympian Nick Cunningham. “This week we moved some personnel around to gain more data. The first year of the quad is really about testing different athletes in different positions to maximize their potential. Coach (Mike) Dionne and I are proud of this team and how far they have all come since national team trials. We will continue to work on preparing all of these athletes for future World Cup competition.”

Gadbois and Horn were consistent from start to finish yesterday with nearly identical push times of 5.30 and 5.29 seconds and downtimes of 56.47 and 56.48 seconds. The duo clocked a total time of 1:52.95 to claim their first silver medal of the Lake Placid stop.

“I am very happy to finish where I did,” Gadbois said. “Anytime you’re behind a three-time Olympian it can be considered a success.”

Gadbois said he’s had a tough week, crashing during four-man bobsled training on Wednesday, which resulted in three stitches half an inch from his left eye.

“We bounced right back into the two-man on Thursday to qualify,” Gadbois said.

Del Duca, racing in just his first season as a pilot, teamed with Moeller for the bronze medal with a two-run total of 1:53.31. Del Duca and Moeller were close to the fastest team off the start, Lamin Deen and Ryan Letts of Great Britain, with the second-best push times of 5.24 and 5.28 seconds. Del Duca navigated his sled to the finish in 56.51 and 56.80 seconds to challenge his teammates in second.

“We lost a lot of time at the start yesterday, and fixed that today, which is great,” Del Duca said. “The team came together, doing all of the behind the scenes tasks to lighten the load on the athletes that were racing. We’re all working hard, working together and making progress.”

Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) and Derek Crittenden (Whitefish, Mont.) posted a combined time of 1:53.90 after racing to the finish in 56.68 and 57.22 seconds for fifth place. Tyler Hickey (Geneva, Ill.) and Chris Avery (San Diego, Calif.) were eighth in 1:54.91 (57.40, 57.51).

Canadians Chris Spring and Darren Lundrigan, who have a wealth of experience on the Lake Placid track, were victorious in 1:52.16. They repeated their gold medal finish today, winning in 1:52.28.

Gadbois and Horn challenged the Canadians for the lead, posting the fastest split times until the end of the track. The pair earned a second silver medal with a total time of 1:53.08 with runs of 56.60 and 56.48 seconds. Gadbois and Horn were again consistent at the start with push times of 5.36 and 5.34.

“I gambled with equipment and the first run didn’t go as planned,” Gadbois said. “I was able to move up on the second run, and I’m happy with the two second place finishes.”

Del Duca and Moeller were just 0.06 seconds behind their teammates in third. Today the pair was the fastest team off the start with push times of 5.24 and 5.27 seconds. Just months into his driving career, Del Duca piloted his sled to the finish to the second and third best times of the day, 56.44 and 56.70 seconds, respectively. 

“We had second in our grasp today after the first run, but I made a critical mistake early in the second run and we dropped to third,” Del Duca said. “It’s tough having silver slip through our hands, but we are hungry to continue to improve.”

Church and Crittenden were fifth with a total time of 1:53.67 (56.56, 56.71), while Hickey and Jamil Muahmmed-Ray(Charlotte, N.C.) finished seventh in 1:54.88 (57.31, 57.57).

In the women’s race, Vogt and Parker claimed silver yesterday with a two-run total time of 1:56.65. The pair was fourth best off the block, 5.84 and 5.85, for runs of 58.25 and 58.40 seconds. 

"I was excited to medal yesterday with Tiffeny," Vogt said. "We're always expecting to win medals on home ice, and it was fun to see several members of Team USA on the podium. Watching Frankie claim his first medals as a pilot was awesome."

Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas from Great Britain were victorious in 1:56.16, while Kori Hol and Wildon Richardson from Canada were third in 1:57.82. 

McNeill and Aleasha Kiddle were golden again today, winning with a combined time of 1:56.07. Canadians Catherine Medeiros and Andreanne Frigon were second in 1:59.26, while teammates Cynthia Serwaah and Stefanie Schoenberger claimed bronze in 2:00.31. 

Vogt and Yonni McGee (Panama City, Panama) teamed together today for fourth place with an aggregate time of 2:00.90. The duo was on pace for a medal finish, but a technical problem with the Bodyn sled caused them to crash on the lower portion of the track. Vogt and McGee crossed the finish line in 1:02.23 and went back to the start. They were able to fix the sled between heats, and the pair rallied back in run two with the second fastest time of the heat, 58.67 seconds. 

“Nicole is still trying to get comfortable in a new-to-her sled,” Cunningham said. “We have been fighting with her driving lines all week and in run one today, the real issue presented itself as her steering came loose, causing her to crash. Nicole and Yonni showed their perseverance today as they raced back to a fourth place finish.”

"I've been trying to figure out sled issues all week," Vogt said. "Unfortunately we crashed run one today, but we finally figured out what was wrong between heats. We climbed back into the race with a decent second run. I'm so proud of Yonni for staying in the sled and giving it her all for run two."  

The Lake Placid event continues tomorrow and Monday with double four-man races before the final stop of the North American Cup tour in Calgary, Canada from Jan. 6-13. 

“Multiple sleds in the medals at home is a great feeling, and has morale high going into a brief break before Calgary,” Del Duca said. 

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250. 

Results

Men’s Two-man Bobsled #1:
1. Christopher Spring and Darren Lundrigan (CAN) 1:52.16 (56.02, 56.14);
2. Geoff Gadbois and Kris Hornw (USA) 1:52.95 (56.47, 56.48);
3. Frank Del Duca and Sam Moeller (USA) 1:53.31 (56.51, 56.80);
5. Hunter Church and Derek Crittenden (USA) 1:53.90 (56.68, 57.22);
8. Tyler Hickey and Chris Avery (USA) 1:54.91 (57.40, 57.51);

Men’s Two-man Bobsled #2:
1. Christopher Spring and Darren Lundrigan (CAN) 1:52.28 (56.05, 56.23);
2. Geoff Gadbois and Kris Horn (USA) 1:53.08 (56.60, 56.48);
3. Frank Del Duca and Sam Moeller (USA) 1:53.14 (56.44, 56.70);
5. Hunter Church and Derek Crittenden (USA) 1:53.67 (56.81, 56.86);
7. Tyler Hickey and Jamil Muhammed-Ray (USA) 1:54.88 (57.31, 57.57);

Women’s Bobsled #1:
1. Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas (GBR) 1:56.16 (58.09, 58.07);
2. Nicole Vogt and Tiffeny Parker (USA) 1:56.65 (58.25, 58.40);
3. Kori Hol and Wilson Richardson (CAN) 1:57.82 (58.86, 58.96);

Women’s Bobsled #2:
1. Mica McNeill and Aleasha Kiddle (GBR) 1:56.07 (57.93, 58.14);
2. Catherine Medeiros and Andreanne Frigon (CAN) 1:59.26 (59.64, 59.62);
3. Cynthia Serwaah and Stefanie Schoenberger (CAN) 2:00.31 (1:00.09, 1:00.22);
4. Nicole Vogt and Yonni McGee (USA) 2:00.90 (1:02.23, 58.67);

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