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Steven Holcomb less than confident entering first race

Sochi, Russia • Bobsled driver Steven Holcomb starts his competition at the Sochi Olympics with the first two runs of the two-man race Sunday, and he’s not sounding overly confident.

The Park City native and reigning Olympic champion in four-man has been improving during training runs, though, going from a tie for sixth in his first one Thursday to second in the last two of six staged Saturday.

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"It is very confusing," Holcomb said. "You see some sleds hit in places and it doesn’t slow them down and others will have a good looking run and are slow. There is not much that I can do now. We are racing tomorrow, and I am just going to drive the lines that I have been driving."

Russia’s Alexandr Zubkov and Alexander Kasjanov were first and second in three of the first four runs before Switzerland’s Beat Hefti won the final two training runs in which Holcomb was second. Zubkov was sixth and Kasjanov 14th in the fifth training run before both skipped the final training run.

- Michael C. Lewis

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