Olsen and Williamson show promise in two-man bobsled World Cup in Igls

Jan. 19, 2019, 10:51 a.m. (ET)


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Olsen and Williamson show promise in two-man bobsled World Cup in Igls



IGLS, Austria (Jan. 19, 2019)– Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.) tied their teammates Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) in a three-way tie for 17th place in a hard fought two-man bobsled World Cup race in Igls today. Russians Maxim Andrianov and Ilya Malykh also finished 17th with a total time of 1:44.11. 

Olsen and Williamson were in 10th after the first heat, but fell back in the second run.

“Well, 18th place again,” Olsen said at the finish before realizing he was in a tie for 17th. “I don’t like it, but we’ve got to be better.”

Olsen and Bascue put in a good effort on a track they have limited experience on. This is Olsen’s third World Cup start in Igls as a pilot and Bascue’s fourth. Olsen has yet to post a top 10 finish this season. He’s finished 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th so far in two-man World Cup races this season.

Olsen and Williamson were in the running for a top 10 finish after powering the Lake Placid World Championships 2021 sled off the start in 5.14 seconds and sliding to the finish in 51.88 seconds. They sat in 10th going into the final heat amongst a tightly packed field. Only 0.13 seconds separated Olsen and Williamson from sixth, but teams seated behind them after the first heat were equally as close.

Olsen and Williamson put together a second heat start time of 5.17 and Olsen let the sled run a little too loose, resulting in a time of 52.23 seconds to fall back into 17th. Bascue and Abdul-Saboor were already tied with Andrianov and Malykh at the finish, creating a three-way tie.

Bascue and Abdul-Saboor posted starts of 5.14 and 5.18 seconds for runs of 52.04 and 52.07 seconds, respectively. Bascue didn’t make any huge errors, but small mistakes added up throughout the course to the finish.

Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis were once again victorious with a combined time of 1:42.85. Johannes Lochner and Florian Bauer secured yet another medal for Germany by finishing second in 1:43.00. Latvia’s Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis were third in 1:43.19.

The Igls World Cup concludes tomorrow with the four-man bobsled competition at 2 p.m. local time/8 a.m. ET. Fans can catch all the action live via NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app. Additional coverage will be available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. 

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


1. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis (GER) 1:42.85 (51.39, 51.46);
2. Johannes Lochner and Florian Bauer (GER) 1:43.00 (51.47, 51.53);
3. Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis (LAT) 1:43.19 (51.49, 51.70);
17. Justin Olsen and Josh Williamson (USA) 1:44.11 (51.88, 52.23);
17. Codie Bascue and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (USA) 1:44.11 (52.04, 52.07);

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