February 12, 2012
Canada 1 comes up short
By SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency
CALGARY - It's what teammates are supposed to do.
They pick each other up when one has an off day. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
But this wasn't what Lyndon Rush had in mind Saturday night.
Rush was sitting in fourth place after the first run of the four-man World Cup bobsled race at Canada Olympic Park, with Cody Sorensen, Neville Wright and Jesse Lumsden in tow, but in the end they couldn't make up the time and finished with a two-run time of 1:48.46, good enough for fifth spot.
It could have been better if it weren’t for an unfortunate snag on the first run.
“Both my feet got caught on Lyndon’s spandex and that happens when you’re trying to fit four 100 kilogram guys (in a bobsled). It’s never happened before,” Lumsden said following the race won by the Germany 2 sled piloted by Manuel Machata in a time of 1:47.72.
That wasn’t the only issue in the first heat.
“It happens, that kind of stuff,” Rush said. “What did affect me on that first run, when I loaded I put my foot in my steering mechanism and that took me a while to clear it out and that screwed me up more than Jesse on my back.
“I didn’t get any scratches from the foot mechanism, I got scratches from Lumsden.”
That’s kind of how things have gone in a season that has seen the four-man team crash, run over a horn dropped by a fan, and now catch some spandex in three different races.
However, bobsled head coach Tom De la Hunty is encouraged by the Rush team’s progress.
“The positive thing is they’re starting fast. And if you start fast, you can win,” De la Hunty said.
Rush feels good about the four-man team’s chances in Lake Placid at the world championships next weekend, but there’s definitely still a ways to go.
“I like where we are now and I like where we’re going. I don’t feel we’re there yet,” Rush said.
The Canada 2 sled, piloted by Justin Kripps with Timothy Randall, James McNaughton and Derek Plug on board, finished in ninth spot with a two-run time of 1:48.96.
Germany’s Maximilian Arndt claimed silver, with bronze going to Russia’s Alexsandr Zubkov, who also claimed the season crown in the World Cup finale.