Seconds count; Rush placed in top ten in three out of last four races

The Canada 1 two-man bobsled team of Sylvan Lake’s Lyndon Rush and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown slid to a sixth place tie in World Cup racing

The Canada 1 two-man bobsled team of Sylvan Lake’s Lyndon Rush and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown slid to a sixth place tie in World Cup racing last Friday.

Finishing in a time of 1:36.02, they were just 11/100ths of a second slower than the winners, Steven Holcomb and Chris Fogt in USA 1 on the 15-corner Park City, Utah track.

The Justin Kripps piloted Canada 3 sled finished in eighth while Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden in Canada 2 placed 12th.

A day later, piloting Canada 1 in the four-man bobsleigh competition, Rush, along with Edmonton’s David Bissett and Neville Wright, and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown finished 11th with a time of 1:35.28, just over half a second behind the winner in the two-run event.

Team Spring placed seventh in the Canada 2 sled. The 29-year-old Chris Spring and his newly-formed crew of Jesse Lumsden of Burlington, Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen and Saskatoon’s Ben Coakwell, clocked a two-run time of 1:35.18.

“It was a tough weekend of racing for everyone here at Bobsleigh Canada. To be honest I think in both the two- and four-man we pushed and drove better than the result we ended up with and that is very frustrating,” said Spring, in a story on the Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton website. “But that’s snow races ya know! You have to have a little bit of luck on your side and unfortunately that didn’t happen this weekend for us.”

Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes compete in Lake Placid, N.Y. this weekend during the third and final stop on the Viessmann World Cup before the holiday break.

In the first World Cup races of the season, at Calgary’s Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park Nov. 29-30, Rush and Brown placed eighth in the two-man competition and Rush piloted his four-man team to sixth place.