Canada’s Lyndon Rush Pilots Canada 1 Sled to Ninth at World Bobsleigh Championships
February 20, 2011
KONIGSSEE, Ger.—Canada’s Lyndon Rush drove to thefinish line of the two-man bobsleigh season by finishing ninth at the WorldChampionships in Konigssee, Germany on Sunday.
The30-year-old Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., joined forces with his Edmonton-basedteammate, Neville Wright, battled back from being in 16th spot after the firstheat to place ninth with a time of 3:22.23 in the four-run, two-day competitionon the 1,250-metre German track.
“I cancome up with all of the excuses in the world, but the reality is it just wasn’tthat good,” said Rush. “I was shocked when I got to the finish and saw my downtime. At the Worlds it is medal or nothing. We continued to fight to the endtoday for ourselves.”
Russia’sAlexsandr Zubkov won the gold with breakman Alexey Voevoda after stopping theclock at 3:20.90. Thomas Florschuetz and Kevin Kuske teamed up in the Germany 3sled to finishing in a tie for the silver at 3:20.90 with countrymen, ManuelMachata and Andreas Bredau.
Rush willnow focus on the four-man event where he has won two bronze medals this seasonin Lake Placid and Park City. One year ago, the former football player with theUniversity of Saskatchewan Huskies became the first Canadian in more than 40years to win an Olympic medal in the four-man event.
“It isn’t going to be easy, but I think we havethe crew to do it here,” said Rush. “If we want to get a medal we are going tohave to push well. We didn’t push that well this weekend, but the race startsat the push and that will be key if we want to win.”
Followingthe two-man race, Rush and Ottawa’s Codey Sorensen helped propel Canada to athird-place finish in the team competition which consists of one-run bombs by amen’s skeleton athlete, a women’s skeleton athlete, one women’s bobsleigh and amen’s two-man bobsleigh.
Rush andSorensen joined forces with Kaillie Humphries, Calgary, and Heather Moyse,Summerside, P.E.I., along with skeleton athletes Jon Montgomery, Russell, Man.,and Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., to secure the bronze medal with atime of 3:26.96.
“I alwaysenjoy the team events – they are a lot of fun,” said Rush, who has competed ineach of the team competitions this year where Canada has won a gold, silver andbronze. “It was a nice way to end a tough weekend with getting on the podium inthe team event.”
TwoGerman teams were unstoppable taking the top-two spots on the team podium.Germany 2 won the gold with a time of 3:26.09, while the Germany 1 squad wonthe silver at 3:26.15.
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Complete Results: www.fibt.com
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1.Alexsandr Zubkov/Alexey Voevoda, RUS1, 3:20.72; T2. Thomas Florschuetz/KevinKuske, GER3, 3:20.90; T2. Manuel Machata/Andreas Bredau, GER1, 4. BeatHefti/Thomas Lamparter, SUI1, 3:21.00; 5. Karl Angerer/Alexander Roediger,GER2, 3:21.27.
9.Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Neville Wright, Edmonton, 3:22.23
Top-Five Team Results:
1.Germany 2, 3:26.09; 2. Germany 1, 3:26.15; 3. Canada, 3:26.96; 4. GreatBritain, 3:27.74; 5. Russia, 3:28.06.