Steven Holcomb wins World Cup title
January 28, 2014
Submitted by U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
KOENIGSSEE, Germany Steven Holcomb (Park City) and his Night Train2 team of Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) ended the season the way they started it — by climbing to the top of the podium to secure gold. The crew led the four-man bobsled World Cup race in Koenigssee today to conclude the regular season with a victory.
"The momentum we’re building heading into the Olympics is incredible," Holcomb said. "My team has worked so hard and sled technician Jim Garde has been working day in and out making sure the sled does exactly what I need it to. We came out today and put it all together, and it feels great to end the season on this note."
The crew powered the Bodyn sled off the block in 4.81 seconds for a first-run time of 49.11 to lead the competition by just 0.07 seconds. As soon as the green light gave USA-1 permission to start the second heat the team burst off the block, and Holcomb maintained the lead to secure gold. Holcomb, Tomasevivz, Langton and Fogt were victorious by 0.09 seconds with a total time of 1:38.54.
Beat Hefti, Alex Baumann, Juerg Egger and Thomas Amrhein claimed silver for Switzerland with a combined time of 1:38.63. Canadians Lyndon Rush, Lascelles Brown, David Bissett and Neville Wright posted a two-run total of 1:38.84 to secure bronze.
Holcomb finished the season ranked second in four-man with 1514 points. German Maximilian Arndt claimed the title with 1574 points and his teammate Thomas Florschuetz was third with 1400 points.
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"It came down to the unfortunate crash we had in Winterberg," Holcomb said. "We would have won the overall four-man title if it hadn’t been for that, and it goes to show that every race counts. Our goal was a top-five overall finish, and we not only met that, but actually exceeded it. We’re right where we want to be going into Sochi."
Holcomb is the combined two-man and four-man bobsled leader with 3159 points. Hefti finished second with 2716 points and Florschuetz was third with 2688 points.
Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) teamed with Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) and Abe Morlu (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the original Bodyn Night Train sled for 10th place with a total time of 1:39.21. The team was in 13th after the first heat, but the eighth-best second run moved them up three spots.
Cunningham finished the year ranked 15th in four-man and 11th in combined points. Cory Butner finished 20th in four-man and 13th combined.
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