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Lyndon Rush Wins World Cup Bronze at Four-Man Bobsleigh World Cup in Italy

February 6, 2011

CESANA, Ita.—Lyndon Rush pilotedthe Canada 1 four-man bobsleigh to its third podium finish of the season afterwinning the bronze at the final World Cup stop of the year in Cesana, Italy onSunday. 

Rush, who won a four-man bronze in Lake Placidand Park City along with a silver medal in the two-man event at the season-openerin Whistler, B.C., put together two consistent runs to lock up third spot witha combined time of one minute, 49.35 seconds (1:49.35). It was the third podiumfinish for the new-look Team Rush foursome that was created for thepost-Olympic season. Rush’s crew consisted of Calgary’s Justin Wilkinson,Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen and Edmonton’s Neville Wright. Edmonton’s David Bissett,who has been injured since the North American circuit, was cleared to competethis week and will be back in the sled at World Championships. 

“My goal was to be consistent this year and Iwasn’t. I had too many crashes and that hurt me this year because you wreckyour equipment and you wreck your guys,” said Rush. “It was a good day todayand nice to get this for the guys.” 

The bronze-medal run was the fifth podium ofRush's career. The Humboldt, Sask., native, who became the first Canadian inmore than 40 years to win an Olympic medal in four-man bobsleigh in 2010, alsofinished third in Cesana, Italy last year and won the World Cup stop in ParkCity in 2009 to go along with this three bronze medals in 2010-11. Rush alsohas one gold and silver medal to his career total in two-man action. 

“This will give a little (confidence), but everyrace is its own thing”, said Rush, who finished fourth in Saturday’s two-manevent. “I think we can do some damage at Worlds. With Dave coming back, andNeville is hitting his stride, our pushes are going to be pretty good and I’mexcited for Worlds.” 

Russia’s Alexsandr Zubkov piloted his crew ofPhilipp Egorov, Dmitry Trunenkov and Nikolay Hrenkov to the top spot on thepodium with a time of 1:49.15. 

Latvia’s Edgars Maskulans, who was tied withZubkov after the opening run, finished second with his team of DaumantsDreiskens, Uglis Zalims and Inters Dambis. The Latvian’s clocked-in at 1:49.22 

The world’s best bobsleigh and skeleton athleteswill now head to Konigssee, Germany for a week of international training,followed by the 2011 World Championships. 

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Complete Results: www.fibt.com

Top-Five Four-Man:

1. Zubkov/Egorov/Trunenkov/Hrenkov, RUS 1,1:49.15; 2. Maskalans/Dreiskens/Zalims/Damb, LAT, 1:49.22; 3. Rush, Humboldt,Sask./Wilkinson, Calgary/Sorensen, Ottawa/Wright, Edmonton, CAN 1, 1:49.35; 4. Florschuetz/Listner/Kuske/Baruc,GER 3, 1:49.37; 5. Kasjanov/Yurkov/Stepushkin/Belu, RUS 2, 1:49.38.

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