Team Spring Slides to Sixth in World Cup Four-Man Bobsleigh at St. Moritz
January 22, 2017
ST.MORITZ, Sui.—Team Spring bounced back after a difficult two-manrace to finish in sixth place in the World Cup four-man competition in St.Moritz, Switzerland on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Spring,who piloted his four-man sled to a bronze medal finish earlier this year inLake Placid, N.Y., teamed up with Tim Randall (Toronto), Josh Kirkpatrick(Calgary), and Neville Wright (Edmonton) to post a sixth-place time of 2:09.05on the 1,700-metre track.
The Canadians weresitting in fourth after the opening run, but dropped to seventh after postingthe seventh fastest time on the historic Olympia bobsleigh run at thebirthplace of the sport.
It has been quite theride for Spring since returning to Europe following the Christmas break. Thetwo-time Olympian from Calgary spent his first week in a German hospitalevaluating a meniscus tare in his knee. He was back on the start line last weekwith a brace on his leg, and put in a gutsy effort Sunday.
The Latvians grabbedthe top-two spots on the podium. Oskars Kibermanis, Janis Jansons, MatissMiknis and Raivis Zirups won the gold medal with a time of 2:08.60. OskarsMelbardis, Daumants Dreiskens, Arvis Vilkaste and Janis Strenga were second at2:08.73.
Germany’s FrancescoFriedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis edged out theircountrymen for the bronze medal with a time of 2:08.90.
Canada had three othersleds in the four-man race.
Justin Kripps(Summerland, B.C.), Cam Stones (Hamilton), Jesse Lumsden (Burlington, Ont.),and Ben Coakwell (Saskatoon) were 16th at 2:09.80. Nick Poloniato (Hamilton),Dan Sunderland (Calgary), Derek Plug (Calgary) and Keenan MacDougall (Calgary)were 17th at 2:09.90. Kaillie Humphries all-women’s crew which included MelissaLotholz (Barrhead, Alta.), Cynthia Appiah (Toronto) and Kasha Lee (Ottawa)finished 32nd and did not qualify for the second run.
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Complete Results: http://www.ibsf.org/en/component/events/event/168026