LAKE PLACID, N.Y. Steven Holcomb didnt get that coveted sweep in the World Cup bobsled season opener. There was a silver lining in his second-place finish in four-man, though teammate Nick Cunningham was standing on the podium next to him.
Alexander Zubkov of Russia won the race Saturday at Mount Van Hoevenberg, sending a message hell be a force at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
We had a great finish today with Nick as well. Thats awesome, said Holcomb, the defending Olympic champion in four-man. Weve got a lot of momentum going into next week.
Cunningham was in rarefied air after making the podium in just his third World Cup start. He and his crew of Adam Clark, Andreas Drbal and Christopher Fogt had the fastest run of the second heat and finished 0.32 behind the Russians. Cunninghams starts were both 5.02 seconds, as were Holcombs, while Zubkovs team posted times of 5.06 and 5.02.
To come out today and just to be with the big-time names in the sport, were definitely going to be happy with this and celebrate, said Cunningham, who began driving after the Vancouver Olympics. Were kind of excited just with the athleticism. We really are probably the deepest weve ever been. All of our sleds in the 5.0s (at the start). I dont think thats ever happened before.