KONIGSSEE, Ger.—Inspired by the track-side presenceof injured teammate Chris Spring who was recently released from hospital aftera serious crash, Canada’s Lyndon Rush and Jesse Lumsden joined forces to wintheir first-ever World Cup bobsleigh medal together on Saturday in Konigssee,Germany.
“When Ifirst saw Chris today at the track I got shivers,” said the 31-year-old Rush.“We got to speak together between heats. He is so beat up, but he is in suchgood spirits and was a real inspiration for us today, and that is no cliché.”
Rush, of Humboldt,Sask., and Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., who teamed up in the Canada 1 sled atthe beginning of the season, posted a silver-medal time of one minute, 40.21seconds.
“Jessepushed great today and it is nice to finally breakthrough together,” said Rush.“Second is good, but to be honest, I like winning. We still have a lot of workto do to get us to the top of the podium.”
Switzerland’sBeat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter edged the Canadians for the gold with a time of1:39.91. Manual Machata and Andreas Bredau clocked the bronze-medal time in theGermany 2 sled at 1:40.108.
It wasthe seventh World Cup medal, and third in the two-man event, for Rush who slidto the bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics in the four-man competition.
Not onlywas it the first World Cup medal for the 29-year-old Lumsden since teaming upwith Rush at the beginning of the year, but it was the first podium of his three-yearcareer. The CFL football star, who took up the sport during the 2009-10 season,pushed the legendary Pierre Lueders at the 2010 Olympics. Following the Games,Lumsden started training to become a bobsleigh pilot, however, during thenational team’s selection camp in the Fall, he put the team first and hisdriving development on hold, to push Rush with the hope of winning more medalsfor Canada.
One ofthe most talented combinations on the World Cup bobsleigh circuit, the Canadianduo have taken some time to gel this season.
“I alwaysfelt like we had the tools, but just hadn’t put it together,” said Rush, whocrashed two weeks ago in Winterberg and then did not compete last week afterthe Canadians pulled out of Altenberg. “It was good to finally get back in arace. I always feel I’m only as good as my last race, and that was a long timeago so it was nice to be back on the track and race well.”
Earlierin the day Calgary’s John Fairbairn finished as the top Canadian in the men’sskeleton race in 12th with a time of 1:44.99. Toronto’s Mike Douglas was 16th(1:45.16), while Victoria’s Eric Neilson was 20th (1:46.85).
Germany’sFrank Rommel won the Konigssee stop with a time of 1:42.94. Alexander Kroeckel,also of Germany, was second at 1:43.76, while Austria’s Matthias Guggenbergerslid to the bronze at 1:43.86.
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Top-Five Men’s Bobsleigh Results:
1.Hefti/Lamparter, SUI 1, 1:39.91; 2. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Jesse Lumsden,Burlington, Ont., CAN, 1:40.21; 3. Manuel Machata/Andreas Bredau, GER 2,1:40.33; 4. Baumann/Baumann, SUI 2, 1:40.40; 5. Zubkov/Trunenkov, RUS, 1:40.48.
Top-Five Men’s Skeleton Results:
1.Frank Rommel, GER, 1:42.94; 2. Alexander Kroeckel, GER, 1:43.76; 3. MatthiasGuggenberger, AUT, 1:43.86; 4. Matthew Antoine, USA, 1:43.88; 5. AlexanderTretiakov, RUS, 1:44.01.
12.John Fairbairn, Calgary, 1:44.99; 16. Mike Douglas, Toronto, 1:45.16; 20. EricNeilson, Victoria, 1:46.85.