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Bascue and Williamson tie the Dutch for 16th in two-man bobsled World Championships
Photo credit: International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation
WHISTLER, British Columbia (March 2, 2019)–Codie Bascue(Whitehall, N.Y.) and Josh Williamson(Lake Mary, Fla.) tied the Dutch for 16th place to lead the U.S. in the men’s two-man bobsled World Championships in Whistler. Hunter Church(Cadyville, N.Y.) and Christopher Kinney(Stockbridge, Ga.) maintained 19th place, while Geoff Gadbois(Milton, Vt.) and Adrian Adams(Reidsville, N.C.) crashed in the third heat and finished 27th as a result.
“Codie and Hunter had great runs, and I’m extremely happy with how they are driving,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “We have to work on our starts because they are not where they need to be. We have to get better, and it will be a focus this offseason. This is a young team, and we need some more time to mold them.”
Bascue, Church and Gadbois all started their sliding careers in the Lake Placid, N.Y. junior bobsled program. Bascue and Gadbois are both 24-years-old, while Church is 22-years-old.
Bascue and Williamson were tied for 14th with Austrians Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer coming into today’s final heats. Maier and Sammer were able to pull away by moving up two spots in the third run. Bascue and Williamson pushed the BMW sled off the block in 4.92 seconds, only 19th best of the field, and Bascue managed to pilot the team to the 17th best downtime of 51.94 seconds. The Americans dropped to 16th going into the fourth and final heat.
Bascue and Williamson clocked a start of 4.93 seconds in the final run. The sled skid between corners one and two, but Bascue was able to bring it back at the bottom. Bascue and Williamson crossed the finish line in 51.99 seconds for a four-run combined time of 3:27.39 to tie for 16th with Ivo De Bruin and Dennis Veenker from the Netherlands.
Germany’s Francesco Friedrich won all eight two-man World Cup races, and he continued his domination by winning the 2019 World Championship title. Friedrich and Thorsten Margis posted the fastest start times in all four runs, and three of the fastest downtimes to secure the crown with a four-run total of 3:24.54. Canadians Justin Kripps and Cameron Stones claimed the silver medal with a combined time of 3:25.13. Nico Walther and Paul Krenz secured another medal for Germany, a bronze, with an aggregate time of 3:25.43.
Church and Kinney were on the cusp of qualifying for the final run after the third heat today. Only the top 20 sleds are eligible for the final run. Church and Kinney were 19th after yesterday’s opening heats, and dropped into 20th after the third heat. It was enough to secure the last spot for the fourth run.
Church and Kinney moved up a spot after a final downtime of 52.21 seconds. The pair finished 19th with a four-run combined time of 3:28.18.
Justin Olsen(San Antonio, Texas) was scheduled to race, but he is not cleared to slide after an injury sustained during a crash in official training earlier this week. Olsen is expected to make a full recovery, but not in time to race in World Championships. Church was called up to slide in Olsen’s place.
Gadbois and Adams posted a push time of 4.96 seconds– faster than either start time yesterday– to give themselves a chance to move into the top 20. Gadbois struggled to gain control of the sled, and eventually lost the battle. The sled rolled into corner 13, but the team was able to cross the finish line for a time of 54.75 seconds. Gadbois and Adams dropped back into 27th as a result of the crash.
“We’re looking at this as a warm-up for four-man next week,” Kohn said. “Our teams are gelling together and we expect to have better results.”
The 2019 World Championships continue tomorrow with the final two heats of women’s bobsled at 11:30 a.m. local time, followed by the team event at 4 p.m. Official training for skeleton and four-man will begin on Monday.
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1. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis (GER) 3:24.54 (51.03, 51.28, 51.21, 51.02);
2. Justin Kripps and Cameron Stones (CAN) 3:25.13 (50.96, 51.47, 51.36, 51.34);
3. Nico Walther and Paul Krenz (GER) 3:25.43 (51.16, 51.44, 51.34, 51.49);
T-16. Codie Bascue and Josh Willamson (USA) 3:27.39 (51.57, 51.89, 51.94, 51.99);
19. Hunter Church and Christopher Kinney (USA) 3:28.18 (51.85, 51.98, 52.14, 52.21);
27. Geoff Gadbois and Adrian Adams (USA) (51.87, 52.13, 54.75, DNS);
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