February 22, 2009

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Canada’s top bobsleigh athletes narrowly missed the podium for the second straight day at the World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Sunday.


Pierre Lueders and David Bissett teamed up to finish sixth, while Lyndon Rush and Lascelles Brown drove to seventh place.


The two Edmonton natives, Lueders and Bissett, drove the Canada 1 sled to sixth spot after clocking a four-run time of three minutes 43.52 seconds. Lueders capped off the two-man season winning two gold and one bronze medal.


Rush, who has been making huge strides on the international field over the last month, clocked a seventh-place time of 3:43.65. Rush’s best result came two weeks ago when he was fourth in the first World Cup at the Whistler Sliding Centre.


“We pushed pretty hard at the start today which was the key so we are pretty happy with this result,” said Rush. “I was able to rent some really good runners for this race along with the Whistler race and that has really paid off. We are looking to the four-man now this week.”


Switzerland’s Ivo Rueegg and Cédric Grand teamed up to win the gold after posting a winning time of 3:42.20. Thomas Florschutz drove the German 1 sled to the silver medal (3:42.42) with Marc Kuehne on the brakes. Steven Holcomb and Curtis Tomasevicz capitalized on home-track advantage after clocking-in at 3:42.60 to win the bronze medal.


The World Championships continue in Lake Placid on February 26 with the first two of four skeleton races.


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Top-Five Men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh Results:

1. Ivo Rueegg/Cédric Grand, SUI 2, 3:42.20; 2. Thomas Florschutz/Marc Kuehne, GER 1, 3:42.42; 3. Steven Holcomb/Curtis Tomasevicz, USA 2, 3:42.60; 4. Alexsandr Zubkov/Alexey Voevoda, RUS 1, 3:42.74; 5. Andre Lange/Kevin Kuske, GER 2, 3:43.12.

Canadian Results:

6. Pierre Lueders/David Bissett, Edmonton, CAN 1, 3:43.52; 7. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Lascelles Brown, Calgary, CAN 2, 3:43.65.



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