Rush foursome back on bobsled podium

Lyndon Rush pilots his team to a bronze medal in the four-man bobsled in Lake Placid, N.Y., Sunday
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Canada’s Lyndon Rush added his third medal of the World Cup bobsled season Sunday, capturing bronze in a four-man event.

Rush, from Sylvan Lake, along with Justin Wilkinson of Calgary, Cody Sorenson of Ottawa, and Edmonton’s Neville Wright, finished the two-run heat in one minute 48.63 seconds.

“The crew did really good today. Our push wasn’t the best, but they were solid,” said Rush. “This is one of the toughest tracks in the world, and while I try to be motivated for every race, you have to be ready here.”

The Canada 1 sled was poised to win silver after sitting in second position following the opening run, but the hard-charging German team piloted by Maximilian Arndt outpushed the Canadians in the final heat to overtake them.

The four-man bronze was the second in as many weeks for the 30-year-old Rush, who picked up a third-place finish at the previous World Cup in Park City, Utah. The 2010 Olympic bronze medallist also won silver in the season-opener at Whistler, B.C.

“It hasn’t been a bad start to the season, but I have expected a little more of myself,” Rush said. “I’m really excited about the four-man. The sled is going really well and the team is starting to gel.”

American Steve Holcomb won the gold Sunday. Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steven Langton and Curt Tomasevicz finished in 1:48.01 seconds to beat Arndt by an impressive 0.58 seconds at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Alexsandr Zubkov of Russia, second in the four-man standings entering the race, was disqualified for being underweight on the first run.


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