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Tough day for U.S. men in Koenigssee’s four-man bobsled World Cup;
Gadbois pilots top American sled to 20th
Photo credit: IBSF
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (January 24, 2020) – The four-man bobsled team of Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.), Boone Niederhofer (San Antonio, Texas), Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.), and Adrian Adams (Reidsville, N.C.) was today’s top American crew in 20th at the Koenigssee World Cup. Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.), Carlo Valdes (Newport Beach, Calif.), Kyle Wilcox (Tampa, Fla.), and Blaine McConnell (Tacoma, Wash.) finished 22nd.
“We’ll review today and then move on,” said USA Bobsled Driving Coach Brian Shimer. “We need to learn from today’s mistakes, but we can’t dwell on them. We’ll start preparing for next week in Igls, Austria and hope to see better results.”
Gadbois, Adams, Niederhofer and Horn posted nearly identical start times of 4.95 and 4.96 seconds today. Gadbois piloted the team to the finish in 49.72 and 49.93 seconds, respectively. The crew was in 18th position after the first heat, but dropped back into 20th with a combined time of 1:39.65.
Bascue, McConnell, Valdes and Wilcox posted the eighth best start time of 4.91 seconds in the opening heat, but the sled was unable to maintain any speed down the track. The crew crossed the finish line in 49.92 seconds for 22nd place, missing the top-20 cutoff for the final heat.
Germany’s Francesco Friedrich teamed with Thorsten Margis, Martin Grothkopp and Alexander Schueller for his 50th career World Cup win. The Germans were dominant from start to finish, and were victorious with a combined time of 1:37.45. Austrians Benjamin Maier, Danut Ion Moldovan, Markus Sammer and Sascha Stepan prevented a German sweep of the medals by finishing second with a total time of 1:37.84. Johannes Lochner, Florian Bauer, Christopher Weber and Christian Rasp claimed bronze for Germany with an aggregate time of 1:37.97.
Racing continues at 1 p.m. local time/7 a.m. EST with the two-woman bobsled competition. Fans can watch the races on NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel.
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1. Francesco Friedrich teamed with Thorsten Margis, Martin Grothkopp and Alexander Schueller (GER) 1:37.45 (48.67, 48.78);
2. Benjamin Maier, Danut Ion Moldovan, Markus Sammer and Sascha Stepan (AUT) 1:37.84 (48.98, 48.86);
3. Johannes Lochner, Florian Bauer, Christopher Weber and Christian Rasp (GER) 1:37.97 (49.00, 48.97);
20. Geoff Gadbois, Adrian Adams, Boone Niederhofer and Kris Horn (USA) 1:39.65 (49.72, 49.93);
22. Codie Bascue, Blaine McConnell, Carlo Valdes and Kyle Wilcox (USA) (49.92, DNS);
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