CANADA SCORES FIVE BRONZE MEDALS IN INNSBRUCK
ST. MORITZ, Sui.—Lyndon Rush and Jesse Lumsden were not able to slide onto the podium for the second-straight week after finishing sixth in the men’s two-man bobsleigh race at the historic St. Moritz track on Saturday.
Sitting in third spot after the first run down the only naturally-iced track in the world which is more than 120 years old, Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., lost considerable time on the leaders which dropped him out of the medals after clocking a two-run time of 2:15.10 on a warm day high in the Swiss Alps
“The result was a bit disappointing because nothing major went wrong today. We just had some trouble with the sled on the straight-away,” said Tom de la Hunty, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team. “He had the fastest speed on the first run so we know the sled is running fast and the guys are working well together which is all good build up to the World Championships and beyond.”
The men’s podium was similar to last year, but turned upside down. Maximillian Arndt and Marko Huebenbecker teamed up to clock the fastest time in the Germany 1 sled at 2:14.51. Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter thrilled the hometown crowd with a silver at 2:14.67, while Manuel Machata and Andreas Bredau slid to the bronze in Germany 2 at 2:14.94.
The 31-year-old Rush and 29-year-old CFL football star Lumsden teamed up to teamed up two win their first silver medal together last week in Konigssee, Germany.
The host track for the 1928 and 1948 Olympic Winter Games, Rush has had great success at the home of winter sliding sports - the only natural track in the world which winds itself 1,722-metres down the Swiss mountain through tall pines, and ends in a town filled with crazed fans for the sliding sports.
He captured his first-ever World Cup two-man victory at St. Moritz during his historic 2010 season when became the first Canadian in 40 years to win a medal in the four-man competition at the Olympic Games after claiming the bronze.
“It is so neat here and you just feel so privileged to slide here,” said Rush following that first victory. “It is such a long track and you definitely need good equipment to do well here.”
Earlier in the day Calgary’s John Fairbairn finished as the top Canadian in the men’s skeleton race, placing ninth with a two-run time of 2.20.31. Toronto’s Mike Douglas was 17th (2:21.39), while Victoria’s Eric Neilson was 18th (2:21.45).
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs found his way back to the top of the podium with a time of 2:17.45. Ben Sandford, of New Zealand claimed the silver with a time of 2:19.21, while Matthew Antoine, of the United States, grabbed third at 2:19.27.
The World Cup wraps up in St. Moritz on Sunday with the men’s four-man bobsleigh event.
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Complete Results: www.fibt.com
Top-Five Men’s Bobsleigh Results:
1. Arndt/Huebenbecker, GER 1, 2:14.51; 2. Hefti/Lamparter, SUI 1, 2:14.67; 3. Machata/Bredau, GER 2, 2:14.94; 4. Holcomb/Langton, USA 1, 2:15.04; 5. Zubkov/Trunenkov, RUS, 2:15.05.
6. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Jesse Lumsden, Burlington, Ont., CAN 1, 2:15.10
Top-Five Men’s Skeleton Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 2:17.45; 2. Ben Sandford, NZL, 2:19.21; 3. Matthew Antoine, USA, 2:19.27; T4. Frank Rommel, GER, 2:19.45; T4. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 2:19.45
9. John Fairbairn, Calgary, 2:20.31; 17. Mike Douglas, Toronto, 2:21.39; 18. Eric Neilson, Victoria, 2:21.45.