Bobsled driver Steven Holcomb made it a clean sweep of the season-opening World Cup races in Calgary on Saturday, driving his new Night Train 2 four-man sled to victory in its international debut.
The victory, one day after Holcomb won the two-man race in a new BMW sled, suggests the reigning Olympic champion from Park City remains a top gold-medal contender for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia despite a disappointing finish to last season.
His team of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Alpine’s Chris Fogt pushed Holcomb to a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 48.56 seconds to beat Germany’s Maximilian Arndt and Russia’s Alexandr Zubkov, who finished in a tie, 0.09 seconds behind.
It was the first time in seven years that a driver has swept the opening two-man and four-man races.
"It’s been a fantastic weekend," Holcomb said. "It’s Olympic year, and this is when it counts. Walking away from the season opener with two gold medals feels really good.
"My team has been chomping at the bit to compete, and they did what they needed to do to keep us ahead. The other teams are here to win, just like we are, and they aren’t going to go down easily. We need to be on our game, and I think we did that."
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