LAKE PLACID, NY (MMD Newswire) November 14, 2012 -- The United States Bobsled team won six medals at the FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup in Lake Placid, NY. Team USA took home one gold medal, as well as three silver and two a bronze medals on its home track.
On Thursday, the American women set the pace by claiming silver and bronze spots on the podium. Driver Jazmine Fenlator was buffeted by London Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones' push to speed to a runner-up 1:55.33 finish to a Canadian duo of Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois (1:54.86). Vancouver Olympic driver Elayna Meyers and London Olympics gold medalist Tianna Madison rounded-out the podium with a 1:55.34 clocking along the icy track.
"I'm shocked, in my wildest dreams I did not think I could make it to the podium," said Fenlator.
Using this opening success as a springboard, the American men raced to the podium in their two contests.
Friday's two-man bobsled event showcased Team USA's dominance with two sleds garnering gold and silver medals.
Vancouver Olympics medalist Steven Holcomb piloted his sled, as supported by push-athlete Steve Langton, to a 151.75 victory over compatriots Cory Butner and Chuck Berkeley (152.35). Germany's Francesco Friederich and Gino Gerhardi (1:52.34) won the bronze. The third U.S. tandem of Nick Cunningham and Andreas Drbal settled for fifth.
On Saturday, the infamous Night Train four-man team returned to the track. Holcomb piloted this bobsled to the podium as Langton, Justin Olsen, and Curt Tomasevicz pushed-off to fast starts in both runs for a combined 1:50.34 mark.
This USA-1 sled raced along a well-familiar run of sharp turns and straight-aways, yet could overtake the Russian team of Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Maxim Mokrousov who finished with a combined two-run 1:50.15 time.
"We're out here fighting against the best in the world. These guys are at the top of their game and they're not here to lose. So it's a tough fight," said Holcomb, who has his focus set on the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
Americans Nick Cunningham, Adam Clark, Andreas Drbal, and Chris Fogt, who posted the fastest single run in the second heat, won the bronze.
The U.S. Bobsled team has had another bit of news recently. Latta, the fast-growing Russian kefir yogurt company, has signed on as a sponsor with the team. The sponsorship marks yet another milestone on the ever-rising company's history. This new partnership will give Latta a new level of world exposure while the U.S. team will be sure to have lots of healthy, probiotic-rich Latta kefir at their disposal!
About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, United States National Guard, Kampgrounds of America, Vivat!, Global Forwarding, KBC Helmets, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Autism Speaks, Park City Lodging, EDAS/Ripxx, UberSense, Tesa Tape and Ferris Mfg. Corp. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.
About Latta Kefir
Latta Kefir is company that makes and distributes Russian kefir yogurt and other kefir-based products. Latta's kefir bottles and cups as well as its Russian cheese products can be found nationwide at retailers like A&P and Shop Rite. For more information go online at lattausa.com or call (201) 512-8400.
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