PIERRE LUEDERS DRIVES FOUR-MAN SLED TO SEVENTH SPOT AT PARK CITY WORLD CUP
February 14, 2009
PARK CITY, Utah – American Steven Holcomb convincingly won his second straight four-man race and Aleksandr Zubkov, of Russia, captured the Intersport FIBT World Cup 4-Man and Combined titles Saturday at Utah Olympic Park.
Holcomb, competing on his home track with pushers Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz, had the fastest times in both heats, 47.60 and 47.20 for a 1:34.80 total time. Janis Minins of Latvia finished second, .55 seconds back in 1:35.35, while Zubkov was .77 behind in 1:35.57.
Edmonton's Pierre Lueders was the top Canadian teaming up with Ken Kotyk, of Rama, Sask., David Bissett, of Edmonton, and Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., to finish seventh in 1:35.75.
Lyndon Rush of Humboldt, Sask., finished 13th out of 25 sleds with a time of 1:36.02. Rush’s crew consisted of Calgary’s Chris Le Bihan, Justin Wilkinson and Lascelles Brown.
Zubkov captured his first four-man title since 2004-05 by racking up 1646 points.
Zubkov also won combined 2-man and 4-man honors for the season with 2967 points. Beat Hefti of Switzerland, the 2008-2009 2-man World Cup champion, was second with 2765, followed by Lange, 2752; and Ivo Rueegg of Switzerland, 2455.
The bobsleigh and skeleton tour now moves to Lake Placid, New York next week for the Bauhaus FIBT World Championships. The four-heat races begin Friday, February 20 with the first two runs of women’s bobsleigh. The final two heats will be run on Saturday, February 21. The two-man competition is set for February 21-22, while the team competition is slated for Sunday, February 22.
Men’s and women’s skeleton and four-man bob are on the schedule for February 26-March 1.