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Church, Williamson, Reed, and Horn lay it all on the line in four-man bobsled World Championships, finish 21st after crash
ALTENBERG, Germany (March 1, 2020)– Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.), Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.), Jimmy Reed (Garmisch, Germany) and Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) laid it all on the line in today’s four-man bobsled World Championship finale in Altenberg. Church took some risks in an effort to move the crew up in standings, but the sled rolled out of corner nine. The Americans were one of three sleds to crash today, and they finished 21st.
Horn told assistant coach Shauna Rohbock that Church was “going for it.”
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you crash,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “I appreciate that these guys continue to fight every step of the way. They didn’t leave anything behind.”
Kohn said he was appreciative of the medical staff in Altenberg with the team, and that they were able to “divide and conquer” along the track.
“We had a lot of support today,” Kohn said. “The guys are healthy and will be ok, which is the most important thing.”
The team powered the Under Armour branded sled off the block in 5.18 seconds, and the team was picking up speed along the track before crashing out of corner nine. The crew crossed the finish line in 58.67 seconds for a three-run total time of 2:48.47 for 21st place.
Team Germany swept the podium. Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp, and Alexander Schueller moved up from fourth position yesterday to win the title by 0.05 seconds with a four-run combined time of 3:36.09. Johannes Lochner, Christopher Weber, Florian Bauer, and Christian Rasp rallied for the silver medal with a total time of 3:36.14. Nico Walther, Paul Krenz, Eric Franke, and Joshua Bluhm were the overnight leaders, but they fell back into bronze medal position with a cumulative time of 3:36.32.
Today’s four-man bobsled finale concludes the 2020 World Championships in Altenberg. The U.S. team will head back to Lake Placid, N.Y., site of the 2021 World Championships, for USA National Championships to close the season.
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1. Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp, and Alexander Schueller (GER) 3:36.09 (54.25, 54.34, 53.35, 54.15);
2. Johannes Lochner, Christopher Weber, Florian Bauer, and Christian Rasp (GER) 3:36.14 (54.25, 54.31, 53.39, 54.19);
3. Nico Walther, Paul Krenz, Eric Franke, and Joshua Bluhm (GER) 3:36.32 (54.30, 54.20, 53.44, 54.38);
21. Hunter Church, Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Kris Horn (USA) (54.99, 54.81, 58.67, DNS);
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