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Bascue and Valdes race to 14th place in men’s two-man bobsled Winterberg World Cup
WINTERBERG, Germany (January 9, 2021)- Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) was back on the World Cup circuit today after an injury kept him home last season and concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic kept the U.S. team from racing the first half of the season. Bascue teamed with Carlo Valdes (Newport Beach, Calif.), who is making his return after retiring in 2018, for 14th place in this morning’s two-man bobsled competition. Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) and Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) were the second U.S. sled, and they finished 17th. This was Gadbois’ European debut; he’s only raced in North America before today.
“There are a lot of adjustments we’ve had to make, not only because we’re in Europe now, but because of new COVID-19 safety protocols,” said USA Bobsled Driving Coach Brian Shimer. “Usually by this time in the season we’ve been on numerous tracks, but this is only the second track we’ve been on this season. The team is doing a great job adapting to the new norm.”
Bascue and Valdes kicked things off by pushing the KOA-branded sled off the block in 5.24 seconds for a first run time of 56.02 seconds. The Americans clocked a start of 5.29 in run two, and Bascue piloted the KOA-branded sled to a faster downtime of 55.88 seconds. Bascue and Valdes moved up one spot into 14th with a cumulative time of 1:51.90.
Gadbois and Horn clocked start times of 5.31 and 5.30 seconds for runs of 56.15 and 56.20 seconds, respectively, for a total time of 1:52.35. They finished 17th.
Team Germany claimed gold and silver today. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis were victorious in 1:50.08 with a huge margin of 0.67 seconds. Johannes Lochner and Eric Franke secured the silver medal in 1:50.75, while Austrians Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer were third in 1:50.93.
The Winterberg World Cup will conclude tomorrow with the four-man bobsled event at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can watch the races on NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel. Check local listings for the most updated information.
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1. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis (GER) 1:50.08 (55.05, 55.03);
2. Johannes Lochner and Eric Franke (GER) 1:50.75 (55.39, 55.36);
3. Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer (AUT) 1:50.93 (55.42, 55.51);
14. Codie Bascue and Carlo Valdes (USA) 1:51.90 (56.02, 55.88);
17. Geoff Gadbois and Kris Horn (USA) 152.35 (56.15, 56.20);
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