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New Look Canadian Four-Man Bobsleigh Teams off to Solid Start at World Cup Opener

November 10, 2012

—Team Rush sixth, Team Spring cracks 10th, Team Kripps slides to 16th—

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—A trio of new sleds, fresh crews and poor start positions didn’t prevent the Canadian Bobsleigh Team from getting off to a solid start in World-Cup four-man racing on Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. 

In his first competition test with his new four-man Eurotech sled, Olympic bronze medallist, Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., drove the Canada 1 crew into sixth spot with a two-run time of one minute, 51.06 seconds. Calgary’s Chris Spring also cracked the top-10, piloting the Canada 2 sled to 10th place at 1:51.28. 

“This is really a new era for our four-man teams with new sleds and almost completely new crews so given that it was a fabulous start for the team,” said Tom Delahunty, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team. “Rush’s team is coming together again for the first time in a while so that is like being new, and the other two sleds are completely new guys so it will take time for the teams to come together, but this is a great start for us.” 

Rush welcomed the return of Olympic teammate, Lascelles Brown of Calgary, in his four-man sled. Brown returned to the Canadian program after a two-year hiatus. Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen and Edmonton’s Neville Wright also teamed up to post the solid sixth-place finish. 

It was a victory of sorts for the Canada 2 squad led by Chris Spring. Battling a dreadful start position near the back of the field in the opening heat due to missing the second half of the season last year following a horrific crash, the 28-year-old bolted his way down the 20-corner 1,455-metre track that winds its way around Mount Van Hoevenberg with his powerful crew of Tim Randall (Burlington, Ont.), Adam Rosenke (Edmonton), and Ben Coakwell (Saskatoon). 

"I was really happy with the start. I didn't think I drove as well as I did yesterday, but the result is better. That's bobsleigh," said Spring. "I'm happy with coming back. I had a rough season last year. It's a bit of a new team, new guys and I think everyone has formed together really well and it is starting to gel. The start time shows that." 

Rookie pilot, Justin Kripps of Summerland, B.C., and his four-man team of James McNaughton, of Newmarket, Ont., Luke Demetre, of New Glasgow, N.S., and Nick Carriere, of Rockland, Ont., were solid in their World Cup debut. The 25-year-old Kripps, who was in Pierre Lueders’ four-man crew at the 2010 Olympics, guided the Canada 3 sled to a 16th-place finish with a time of 1:51.72. 

The Russian team of Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Nedgodaylo, Dimitry Trunenkov, and Maxim Mokrousov spoiled the American party on the podium by taking the gold with a time of 1:50.15. 

Olympic champion, Steven Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steven Langton, and Curtis Tomasevic slid to the silver medal in the USA 1 sled at 1:50.34, while Nick Cunningham, Adam Clark, Andreas Drbal and Chris Fogt captured the bronze in the USA 2 sled after posting a time of 150.47. 

A replay of the men’s four-man bobsleigh race can be viewed on Sportsnet ONE on November 11 at 2 and 11 p.m. EST. The race can also be viewed, November 11, on Sportsnet Pacific at 12 noon, Sportsnet West at 1 p.m., and at 3 p.m. in Sportsnet Ontario and East. 

The World Cup circuit now heads to Park City, Utah for a series of races next weekend.

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Complete Results: www.fibt.com

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

1. Zubkov/Negodaylo/Trunenkov/Mokrousov, RUS 1, 1:50.15; 2. Holcomb/Olsen/Langton/Tomasevic, USA 1, 1:50.34; 3. Cunningham/Clark/Drbal/Fogt, USA 2, 1:50.47; 4. Machata/Bermbach/Speer/Poser, GER 1, 1:50.54; 5. Friedrich/Baecker/Gerhardi/Kunz, GER 3, 1:50.90

Canadian Results:

6. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Sorensen, Ottawa/Brown, Calgary/Wright, Edmonton, CAN 1, 1:51.06; 10. Spring, Calgary/Randall, Calgary/Rosenke, Edmonton/Coakwell, Saskatoon,  CAN 2, 1:51.28; 16. Kripps, Summerland, B.C./McNaughton, Newmarket, Ont./Demetre, New Glasgow, N.S./Carriere, Rockland, Ont., CAN 3, 1:51.72.

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