4 January 2014

German 1-2 in Winterberg Bobsleigh

The first 4-man bob event of the weekend in Winterberg certainly proved spectacular.

In the first run the sled of American driver Cory Butner flipped in turn nine and self righted further down the track. While the home crowd favourite Maximillian Arndt took the lead off the world cup leading American Steven Holcomb.

In the second run with the ice cutting up as the top sleds went off last there were some of those who didn't do so well on the first run making progress on the second. Beat Heaft was one of those he started 22nd on heat, had the 11th best time and ended up climbing into the top five. But it was the battle between the Germans that ended up being interesting U23 world Champion Francisco Freidrich came out of the start gate aiming for the time of his compatriot Thomas Florschuetz, after a good start he lost some time on the top half, but miraculously gained it back at the end. Then he watched as one of the Russian favourites for their home track in the Olympics went ahead of him on intermediate times to end 0.03 secs behind him on the finish line.

Next up was Holcomb, who started well and was looking good before getting high in turn nine. His upper runners leaving the track and by the time force pushed them back unto the ice it was too late and his men followed the same misfortune has they had in training earlier in the week and at Butner has earlier.

Final sled down the track was that of Arndt who consolidated his lead in the first leg by recording the second fastest time in run two, only 0,02 behind his younger countryman Freidrich

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