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"This is an intimidating track to start with, even for the Americans," Holcomb said. "There was a 20-degree (temperature) difference and that makes it harder, which makes it slippier, and then you get less control on a track that’s already kind of out of control and crazy. Less control is even more intimidating. It’s kind of where the home track advantage came in. I’ve been down this track a million times."
Between heats on Sunday, Holcomb did what he always does, letting the world know what was on his mind: "Solid first run. Need to relax, stay focused and do it one more time. Let’s bring it home!" he tweeted.
Bobsled World Championships results
Sunday, At Lake Placid, N.Y.
Men Four-Man Final
1. United States 1 (Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Langton, and Curt Tomasevicz), 3:36.83 (54.34-54.58-53.92-53.99).
2. Germany 1 (Maximilian Arndt, Alexander Roediger, Kevin Kuske, and Martin Putze), 3:37.33 (54.19-54.74-54.12-54.28).
3. Germany 2, (Manuel Machata, Marko Huebenbecker, Andreas Bredau, and Christian Poser), 3:37.63 (54.38-54.82-54.25-54.18).
4. Netherlands 1 (Edwin van Calker, Arno Klaasen, Sybren Jansma, and Jeroen Piek), 3:37.94 (54.60-54.95-54.23-54.16).
5. Russia 1 (Alexsandr Zubkov, Philipp Egorov, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Maxim Mokrousov), 3:38.11 (54.38-54.97-54.27-54.49).
6. Latvia 1 (Edgars Maskalans, Daumants Dreiskens, Ugis Zalims, and Intars Dambis), 3:38.20 (54.69-54.93-54.21-54.37).
7. Canada 1 (Lyndon Rush, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen, and Neville Wright), 3:38.32. (54.88-54.75-54.21-54.48).
8. Switzerland 1 (Gregor Baumann, Patrick Bloechliger, Alex Baumann, and Juerg Egger), 3:39.09 (54.87-55.21-54.43-54.58).
9. Germany 3 (Francesco Friedrich, Ronny Listner, Michail Makarow, and Thomas Blaschek), 3:39.31 (54.84-55.08-54.42-54.97).
10. Great Britain 1 (John James Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker, and Joel Fearon), 3:39.45 (55.25-55.09-54.62-54.49).
13. United States 3 (Nick Cunningham, Jesse Beckom, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson), 3:39.68 (55.21-55.35-54.53-54.59).
United States 2 (John Napier, Charles Berkeley, Adam Clark and Christopher Fogt), DQ.
Latvia 2 (Oskars Melbardis, Helvijs Lusis, Arvis Vilkaste, and Janis Strenga), DQ.
He did just that with a 4.95-second push and a run of 53.99 seconds. USA-1 was the only sled to go under 54 seconds in the two days of competition.
"Not enough to win the gold medal," Arndt said. "He (Holcomb) did a good job today. His brakemen push him so hard at the top of the track. Good drives, so he’s the best today."
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