Canucks race to silver

, Last Updated: 6:23 PM ET

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Andre Lange and Cathleen Martini drove Germany to a sweep of the World Cup bobsled races Saturday at Mount Van Hoevenbereg, while Canadians finished in the top three in men's and women's competition.

Lange and brakeman Kevin Kuske, the Olympic champions, remained perfect in two-man competition this season with their third consecutive victory.

After finishing second to American driver Shauna Rohbock in Calgary, and Park City, Utah, Martini won the women's race with a time of 1:56.37, finishing 0.04 seconds ahead of the Canadian sled driven by Helen Upperton, of Calgary, with Jaime Cruickshank, of Shellbrook, Sask.

The sled driven by Rohbock of Orem, Utah, tied for third with Germany's Sandra Kiriasis.

With the fastest times in both heats, the 33-year-old Lange finished 0.39 seconds ahead of American driver Steven Holcomb of Park City with a combined time of 1:52.80. It was Holcomb's third consecutive second-place finish of the season.

Edmonton's Pierre Lueders and Calgary's Laschelles Brown were third.

The sixth career victory on the track for Lange came two days after he crashed during training on a four-man sled. Despite the accident, Lange said he tried to drive aggressively.

"It was a little bit difficult, but it's not time to be conservative driving here. You have to go fast," he said. Lange has decided not to enter the four-man competition Sunday.

Martini said she and her brakewoman, Janine Tischer, have been happy with their progress this season.

"We've been getting better the last three weeks, from Calgary, to Park City to here," she said. "And I had a good second run. I think that was the key to victory."

Rohbock, the Olympic silver medallist, was fourth after the first heat and turned in the fastest time of the women's competition in the second heat to earn a medal.

"The first run was a bit of a shocker," Rohbock said. "I had three hard hits (against the walls) and lost a lot of speed there. But the second run was the best of the day. The sport is a two-run race, and you have to have two good ones."


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