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Holcomb and Tomasevicz Seventh in Whistler Two-man Bobsled Race

Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

WHISTLER, British Columbia As temperatures warmed up tonight after a week of frigid conditions, competitors from eight nations raced in the men’s two-man bobsled World Cup event. U.S. pilot Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) struggled in the first event of the season and finished seventh with brakeman Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) on the Olympic track in Whistler, British Columbia.

"Holcomb had a few close calls today," said Brian Shimer, men’s bobsled head coach. "Temperatures dipped below zero throughout the week, and we were training on ice with record speeds. It caught Holcomb a little off guard that it had warmed up as much as it did."

Holcomb and Tomasevicz were in the mix off the starting block with a push time of 4.84 seconds, but Holcomb made a few driving errors on the technical course and posted a finish time of 52.53 seconds, placing the team in eighth after the first heat.

"I made some mistakes, which snowballed down the track," said Holcomb. "This track is so fast that you can’t make up for it. I had a better second run, but it takes two runs to win a race."

The duo pushed a competitive start time of 4.88 seconds and made up time with a second run of 52.15 seconds. Holcomb and Tomasevicz crossed the finish line with a combined time of 1:44.68 for seventh place.

Germany’s Manuel Manchata teamed with Andreas Bredau for the first gold medal of the year after sliding a total time of 1:44.06 (52.07, 51.99). While Manchata made a loud introduction onto the World Cup scene tonight, he is no stranger to the podium after claiming two Junior World Championship titles in his career and a plethora of European Cup medals.

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"The German pilots know what they are doing and they are excellent drivers," said Holcomb. "These guys will pick up where Andre Lange left off. The Germans want their medals back, and they haven’t skipped a beat bringing new talent into their program."

Canadians Lyndon Rush and Neville Wright finished second on their home track with a two-run total of 1:44.25 (52.13, 52.12), while Germans Karl Angerer and Christian Friedrich finished third with a combined time of 1:44.25 (52.27, 51.98).

Men’s bobsled action will continue in Whistler with the four-man event on Saturday. Holcomb and his four-man crew won the coveted 2010 Olympic gold medal and will seek to maintain their title as the fastest team in the world.

"I’m a better four-man driver," said Holcomb. "It suits the way I drive, and I want to shake off today and get ready for Saturday’s race."

The men’s two-man bobsled Whistler event is scheduled to air on NBC Universal Sports on Dec. 4 at 6 pm EST. Please click here for updated broadcast information. Official results will be available here .

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at abird@usbsf.com , or at (518) 354-2250. Follow the team on the USBSF Twitter page at http://twitter.com/USBSF , or on the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Facebook group page. Watch athlete interviews and check out the action on the abirdbobsled YouTube channel.

Results: 1. Manuel Manchata and Andreas Bredau (GER) 1:44.06 (52.07, 51.99); 2. Lyndon Rush and Neville Wright (CAN) 1:44.25 (52.13, 52.12); 3. Karl Angerer and Christian Friedrich (GER) 1:44.25 (52.27, 51.98); 7. Steven Holcomb and Curt Tomasevicz (USA) 1:44.68 (52.53, 52.15);