February 25, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - On a Sunday that couldn't decide whether it was winter or spring, on a mountainside touched by sun and shadows, the United States ended its 2014 Winter Olympics in a familiar fashion. OK. Not bad. Pretty good. Bronze medal. Steven Holcomb and the U.S. four-man bobsled team captured the Americans' 28th and final medal of these Sochi Games, taking the bronze in another event won by the host Russians. Alexander Zubkov piloted Russia-1 to the gold, giving the 39-year-old a sweep of both men's bobsled events and cementing his country's medal-table dominance at its first-ever hosting the Winter Games.
February 21, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - After plummeting 425 feet, through 17 curves and 1,500 icy meters in less than a minute, Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans slowed enough to see that they were going to win an Olympic medal. That scoreboard revelation turned up the volume in the already-noisy grandstand at the Sanki Sliding Center's finish line. American fans blew horns, rang cowbells, chanted "U-S-A," and generally greeted the news as if it were an armistice. Greubel and Evans exited their USA-2 bobsled with much more difficulty than they had entered it at the start of their fourth and final heat and joined in the party.
February 20, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Jamie Greubel had only six practice trips down the Sanki Sliding Center bobsled run, but she didn't let them fool her. Greubel, who grew up in Bucks County, followed some average training this week with two very good runs when it counted Tuesday night. USA-2, the sled piloted by Greubel and pushed by former track star Aja Evans, finished the first two heats of the Olympic bobsled competition in third place, behind only the two pairs expected to battle for the gold medal.
January 29, 2013
The United States team, including Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones , won gold Sunday in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Jones was brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women's bobsled portion of an event that also added times in two-man bobsled plus men's and women's skeleton. The U.S. team edged Germany by 0.24 seconds even though the Germans won three of four disciplines on the Olympia track. Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace was 1.7 seconds faster than German rival Marion Thees to lead the United States to victory with an overall time of 4 minutes, 31.29 seconds.
November 17, 2012
Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan, 90, a national bobsled champion and former manager of the U.S. Olympic team, has died Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in 1922, Mr. Morgan attended the bobsled races at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, getting a ride on the shoulders of American gold medalist Billy Fiske, and was hooked. After serving as a bombardier in World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Morgan started sliding actively in the 1950s and won the national championship as a brakeman in 1959 with neighbor Tuffy Latour.
February 27, 2012
A week after winning the two-man gold at the world championships, Steven Holcomb was the class of the field in four-man bobsled Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Holcomb and his crew finished a half-second ahead of Maximilian Arndt of Germany. The American's triumph last week in two-man was a first for the United States at worlds since two-man began in 1931. Only two other pilots have ever completed a sweep. Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup Super G in Bansko, Bulgaria, to become the career leader in the discipline.
February 19, 2006 |
As a German team raced to the lead in the two-man bobsled competition at Cesana yesterday, the United States and several other countries were considering protests over the possibility that illegal sleds were used by the Germans. Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske led the field after two runs, with the final two runs scheduled today. The top American duo, Todd Hays and Pavle Jovanovic, ranked sixth. "I don't know what the deal is, but they're just absolutely flying," Jovanovic, a native of Toms River, N.J., said of the Germans.
February 5, 2006 |
I had the most exhilarating and frightening 51.48 seconds of my life on the Comet, the four-man bobsled ride at Utah Olympic Park. When my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Park City, Utah, last year for the Sundance Film Festival, we jumped at the chance. Before we left on our trip, my wife was most excited about planning which films we would see, whereas I was most excited about planning my bobsled ride. I didn't even think twice about it. I love roller-coasters - how could the Olympic bobsled be much different?
December 19, 2005 |
Todd Hays and the United States 1 team won a four-man bobsled World Cup race yesterday in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. Hays, Pavle Jovanovic, Bill Schuffenhauer and Steve Mesler clocked the fastest time in both runs at the Eugenio Monti track for a combined time of 1 minute, 44.86 seconds. Germany's Matthias Hoepfner and Switzerland's Martin Annen led their teams to a tied second place. Annen leads the World Cup overall standings with 325 points after four events. Italy's Max Blardone and Davide Simoncelli finished 1-2 in a World Cup giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy.
February 24, 2002 |
The finish line of the bobsled run at Bear Hollow last night looked like Times Square at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. The drivers, pushers, brakemen and coaches of the two sleds representing the United States made the most noise. They hugged and high-fived everyone in the area, and they hadn't even won the Olympic four-man bobsled medal. That didn't really matter, however. For the first time since 1956, a U.S. men's bobsled had won a medal in the Winter Olympics.