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Melbardis wins four-man bobsled WC race, Canadian Spring fourth

The Canadian Press
1/12/2014 2:18:22 PM
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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland -- Latvia won a four-man World Cup bobsled race Sunday, while the U.S. team capped another rough week after a solid start to the season.

Calgary's Chris Spring and his crew of Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., Saskatoon's Ben Coakwell, and Ottawa's Cody Sorensen slid shy of their first four-man podium this year in fourth at 2:10.11.

Latvian pilot Oskars Melbardis earned his first victory of the season after not finishing better than fourth in a World Cup race. He and push athletes Daumants Dreiskens, Arvis Vilkaste and Janis Strenga finished two runs in 2 minutes, 9.52 seconds. Russian pilot Alexander Zubkov finished second, 0.23 seconds back. Maximilian Arndt of Germany took third.

Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., Calgary's Lascelles Brown, and Edmonton's Neville Wright and David Bissett were ninth at 2:10.43.

Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and his crew of James McNaughton, of Newmarket, Ont., Edmonton's Bryan Barnett, and Toronto's Tim Randall were 12th (2:10.83).

Teams will travel to Igls, Austria, for Olympic nominations next weekend.

Chris Spring (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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