Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor 10th in four-man bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz

Jan. 27, 2019, 6:59 a.m. (ET)

CORRECTION:

It previously reported that the American team of Codie Bascue, Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor finished 10th in today's four-man bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz, and that Justin Olsen, Kyler Allison, Adrian Adams and Kyle Wilcox finished 20th. After the race, the Czech Republic team of Dvorak Domink, Sindelar Jan, Nosek Jakub and Suchy Dominik were disqualified. As a result, Team Bascue moved up to ninth and Team Olsen moved into 19th.

 

Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director
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Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor ninth in four-man bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz

 


Photo: Viesturs Lācis | IBSF

 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland(Jan. 27, 2019)–Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.), Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.), Jimmy Reed (Garmisch, Germany) and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) slid a solid performance in today’s four-man bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz, finishing ninth. The crew showed their potential for podium position with top three push times, and they were tied for sixth after the first heat.

“We were pretty excited after the first heat,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “What’s really exciting is the fact that this crew is posting top three start times consistently. Josh, Jimmy and Hakeem are starting to come together and their persistence is paying off.”

Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor powered the Under Armour wrapped sled off the start block in five seconds for the third best push time of the heat to put Bascue in contention for the medals from the top. Bascue put together a solid run of 1:05.80 to tie Russians Dmitry Popov, Andrey Lylov, Ilya Malykh and Roman Koshelev for sixth position. Third place was only one-tenth of a second from reach.

Oskars Kibermanis from Latvia, who was eighth after the first heat, put the pressure on the competition with a temporary track record run of 1:05.19. Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Abdul-Saboor stepped up at the start again, posting a push time of five seconds again to challenge the field. The sled bumped the wall lightly twice after the first corner, and skid in vital portions of the track en route to the finish. The American crew dropped back four spots into 10th after crossing the finish line in 1:05.93 for a combined time of 2:11.73. 

The team was later promoted to ninth place after Czech Republic team of Dvorak Domink, Sindelar Jan, Nosek Jakub and Suchy Dominik was disqualified. 


Today’s finish was Bascue’s best four-man result of the season. His top four-man finish entering this weekend was 13th in Igls, Austria.

Kibermanis and his crew of Matiss Miknis, Helvijs Lusis and Janis Strenga moved up from eight into third with a combined time of 2:11.01. Germany’s Johannes Lochner, Florian Bauer, Gregor Bermbach and Christian Rasp were just 0.02 seconds ahead in second with a total time of 2:10.99. Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Alexander Schueller were once again the winners for Germany with a two-run total of 2:10.48.

Justin Olsen(San Antonio, Texas) teamed with Kyler Allison(Austin, Texas), Adrian Adams(Reidsville, N.C.) and Kyle Wilcox (Tampa, Fla.) for 19th place with a combined time of 2:13.20. The crew clocked start times of 5.15 and 5.16 seconds for runs of 1:06.53 and 1:06.67, respectively. 

Today’s race concludes the European portion of the tour. The World Cup now moves to North America with the seventh stop on home ice for the Americans in Lake Placid, N.Y.

“We are really excited to be heading back to home ice,” Kohn said. “Things are starting to come together for this team and we expect some good results in Lake Placid.”

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 Alexander Schueller (GER) 2:10.48 (1:05.46, 1:05.02);
2. Johannes Lochner, Florian Bauer, Gregor Bermbach and Christian Rasp (GER) 2:10.99 (1:05.59, 1:05.40);
3. Oskars Kibermanis, Matiss Miknis, Helvijs Lusis and Janis Strenga (LAT) 2:11.01 (1:05.82, 1:05.19);
9. Codie Bascue, Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (USA) 2:11.73 (1:05.80, 1:05.93);
19. Justin Olsen, Kyler Allison, Adrian Adams and Kyle Wilcox (USA) 2:13.20 (1:06.53, 1:06.67);

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