Canadians Drive into Top-10 in Four-Man Bobsleigh World Cup in Germany
KÖNIGSSEE, Ger.—Canada’s four-man bobsleigh teams were on the short end of the draw but still managed to drive into the top-10 in a snow-filled World Cup race in Königssee, Germany on Sunday.
Hampered by heavy snow fall which made posting top times difficult with late start positions, the Canadians had an average day as they continue to earn precious World Cup points in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Pierre Lueders and fellow Edmontonians Jesse Lumsden and Neville Wright, along with Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., finished as the top Canadians, placing ninth at 1:37.87.
Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask. teamed up with Calgarians Chris Le Bihan, Dan Humphries and Lascelles Brown to finish 10th with a time of 1:38.01.
“It was another snow race here so start position was key and it definitely favoured those at the front of the draw,” said Tuffy Latour, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team, while the team was travelling to St. Moritz, Switzerland for the next World Cup stop. “Both of the pilots drove pretty good today. Things are coming together on both teams and we are really trying to build momentum right now going towards the Games.”
Germany’s Andre Lange definitely has the momentum going, having won his second-straight four-man race. Lange and his crew of Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putz clocked a winning time of 1:37.07.
The Americans grabbed the final two spots on the podium. Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomsasevicz finished second at 1:37.10. John Napier drove back onto the podium with Charles Berkeley, Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt, who placed third with a time of 1:37.31.
The World Cup continues next weekend at the birthplace of the sport in St. Mortiz, Switzerland.
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Top-Five Men’s Four-Man Bobsleigh Results:
- Lange/Hoppe/Kuske/Putz, GER 1, 1:37.07;
- Holcomb/Olsen/Mesler/Tomasevicz, USA 1, 1:37.10
- Napier/Moriarty/Langton/Fogt, USA 2, 1:37.31;
- Minins/Dneiskens/Melbardis/Dambis, LAT 1, 1:37.39
- Angerer/Mann/Bredau/Bermbach, GER 3, 1:37.41
9. Lueders, Edmonton/Wright, Edmonton/Lumsden, Edmonton/Kripps, Summerland, B.C., 1:37.87; 10. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Le Bihan, Calgary/Humphries, Calgary/Brown, Calgary, 1:38.01.