Bascue and Olsen struggle in Altenberg, finish 19th and 20th in four-man bobsled World Cup

Jan. 06, 2019, 8:15 a.m. (ET)

 

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Bascue and Olsen struggle in Altenberg, finish 19th and 20th in four-man bobsled World Cup

ALTENBERG, Germany (Jan. 6, 2019)–Justin Olsen(San Antonio, Texas) and his four-man bobsled crew of Kyler Allison(Austin, Texas), Adrian Adams(Reidsville, N.C.) and Kyle Wilcox(Tampa, Fla.) finished 19th as the top American sled in this morning’s World Cup race in Altenberg. Codie Bascue(Whitehall, N.Y.), Josh Williamson(Lake Mary, Fla.), Jimmy Reed(Garmisch, Germany) and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor(Powhatan, Va.) were on pace for 15th place, but the sled rose at the exit of the Kreisel corner and rolled over in the second heat, resulting in 20th place.

“This is what Altenberg is, this is the sport,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “We now know what we’re coming back to next season for World Championships. I’m proud of the effort the team put in this week. Codie was sitting in the sled at the start and he was still up on five sleds after the first heat. That’s impressive. We’re here to get experience, and we’ve learned a lot over the past week.”

Bascue once again sat in the sled at the start as a precautionary measure for a left calf injury. Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor combined forces to push Bascue and the Under Armour wrapped sled off the start block in 5.34 seconds, and Bascue surpassed five sleds en route to the finish with a run of 55.42 seconds.

The crew stepped it up in run two, powering the sled off the block in 5.43 seconds. Bascue struggled through the 13-14 curve combination, and the sled took a fourth wave at the exit of Kreisel, causing the sled to roll over. The sled and crew crossed the finish line for a time of 1:03.07, and the team finished 20th with a total time of 1:58.49. Kohn said after initial evaluation the athletes sustained some “bumps and bruises,” but were not injured.

Olsen, Allison, Adams and Wilcox finished with a two-run combined time of 1:51.81 for 19th place. Today was Olsen’s ninth and 10th trip ever down the Altenberg track as a pilot. The team clocked starts of 5.34 and 5.30 seconds for runs of 55.76 and 56.05 seconds, respectively.

Francesco Friedrich and his crew of Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis brought home gold for the host nation with a combined time of 1:48.47. Latvians Oskars Kibermanis, Matiss Miknis, Arvis Vilkaste and Janis Strenga claimed silver with an aggregate time of 1:48.78. Nico Walther, Paul Krenz, Alexander Roediger and Eric Franke secured bronze for Germany in 1:48.98.

The World Cup tour will make its fourth stop in Koenigssee, Germany next week with races from Jan. 11-13. For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250. 

Results

1.Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis (GER) 1:48.47 (54.15, 54.32);
2. Oskars Kibermanis, Matiss Miknis, Arvis Vilkaste and Janis Strenga (LAT) 1:48.78 (54.40, 54.38);
3. Nico Walther, Paul Krenz, Alexander Roediger and Eric Franke (GER) 1:48.98 (54.55, 54.43);
19. Justin Olsen, Kyler Allison, Adrian Adams and Kyle Wilcox (USA) 1:51.81 (55.76, 56.05);
20. Codie Bascue, Josh Willamson, Jimmy Reed and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (USA) 1:58.49 (55.42, 1:03.07);

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