Bascue, Reed, Williamson and Kinney conclude four-man bobsled World Championships in 11th

March 09, 2019, 10:40 p.m. (ET)

 

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Bascue, Reed, Williamson and Kinney conclude four-man bobsled World Championships in 11th

Photo credit: International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation

WHISTLER, British Columbia (March 9, 2019)Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.), Jimmy Reed (Garmisch, Germany), Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Christopher Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.) finished 11th as the top American team in tonight’s four-man bobsled World Championships in Whistler. Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.), Kyler Allison (Austin, Texas), Blaine McConnell (Tacoma, Wash.) and Kyle Wilcox (Tampa, Fla.) finished their first World Championship appearance in 16th.

“I crashed here in the North American Cup race to start the season, so it feels really good to throw down eight solid runs here to end the season,” Basue said. “For the most part this season hasn’t gone the way we wanted, but I’ve been really proud of how I’ve driven the sled over these last two weeks and how well the team has pushed. We only had a few runs together and we came together really well.”

Hakeem Abdul-Saboor was named to Bascue’s team, but he was unable to race due to an injury. Kinney stepped in and the crew took little time to mesh, consistently posting top six push times of the field.  

Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Kinney powered the Under Armour wrapped sled off the block in 4.81 seconds and Bascue navigated the crew to the finish in 50.80 seconds. The Americans were only 0.06 seconds from the German sled driven by Johannes Lochner, but the Canadian sled piloted by Chris Spring moved ahead of Lochner and Bascue to bump the Germans into 10th and the Americans into 11th going into the fourth and final run.

The American crew left nothing behind in the finale, combining efforts for a better start time of 4.78 second. Bascue made a vital mistake en route to the finish, but the team maintained position with a time of 51.05 seconds. Bascue, Williamson, Reed and Kinney finished 11th with a four-run combined time of 3:23.44.

“The speed wasn’t there,” Bascue said. “We’re going into the last month of the season where we can work on some things, and then we can work on gaining strength and speed during the offseason. I think we can find the speed before next season.”

Germany’s Francesco Friedrich made history tonight, sweeping the two and four-man bobsled World Championships. Friedrich was the defending two and four-man World Champion and he’s the reigning two and four-man Olympic champion. Friedrich teamed with Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis to secure tonight’s title with a combined time of 3:21.33. Latvians Oskars Kibermanis, Matiss Miknis, Arvis Vilkaste and Janie Strenga finished 0.29 seconds behind the Germans to claim the silver medal in 3:21.62. Canadians Justin Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Benjamin Coakwell earned the bronze medal for the host nation with a combined time of 3:21.78.

USA’s Church, Allison, McConnell and Wilcox had another strong effort today in the sled dedicated to Project Play. The crew matched their best start yesterday in the third heat with a time of 4.86 seconds, and Church piloted the team to the finish in 50.93 seconds for the 13th best time of the field. 

Church, Allison, McConnell and Wilcox posted a start time of 4.90 seconds in the final run en route to a downtime of 51.13 seconds. All four athletes finished their World Championship debut in 16th place with a four-run combined time of 3:24.07.

Bascue and Church both started their careers in the Lake Placid, N.Y. junior bobsled program. At just 24 and 22-years-old, respectively, Bascue and Church are still in the infancy of their careers. 

The U.S. team will travel back to home ice in Lake Placid to close out the season with USA National Championships, which will be held March 22-23.

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) 3:21.33 (50.16, 50.57, 50.14, 50.46);
2. Oskars Kibermanis, Matiss Miknis, Arvis Vilkaste and Janie Strenga (LAT) 3:21.62 (50.05, 50.64, 50.28, 50.65);
3. Justin Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Benjamin Coakwell (CAN) 3:21.78 (50.13, 50.67, 50.32, 50.66);
11. Codie Bascue, Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Christopher Kinney (USA) 3:23.44 (50.73, 50.86, 50.80, 51.05);
16. Hunter Church, Kyler Allison, Blaine McConnell and Kyle Wilcox (USA) 3:24.07 (50.91, 51.10, 50.93, 51.13);

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