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Jan 27 Team USA crowned 2013 World Champions in mixed event

Jan. 27, 2013, 10:11 a.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
(518) 354-2250, abird@usbsf.com

Team USA crowned 2013 World Champions in mixed event


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 27, 2013)-Team USA successfully defended their World Championship title in the team event today.  Athletes in men’s skeleton, women’s bobsled, women’s skeleton and men’s two-man bobsled raced in a mixed team event, and the nation with the lowest cumulative time was declared the winner.  Team USA claimed their second consecutive World Championship title by 0.24 seconds with a combined time of 4:31.29.

John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) was the first competitor to take his run for USA-1 in the men’s skeleton heat.  Daly posted a time of 1:08.61 to start the team out in seventh position.  Just a day after earning the women’s bobsled World Championship silver medal and accepting an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend Nic Taylor, Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) teamed with Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) to move USA-1 into fourth after clocking a run of 1:07.76. 

The pivotal point came in the women’s skeleton heat when Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) threw down a blazing run of 1:08.92 to move the squad into the lead.  Pikus-Pace’s time was 0.84 seconds faster than any other women’s skeleton competitor in the event.

“I think she beat most of the guys,” Daly said.  “I’m glad I don’t have to race against her this weekend.” 

 “I feel incredible,” Pikus-Pace said.  “I love this track, and it’s just meshing really well.”

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) finally got his wish to finish better than fourth on the natural St. Moritz track.  Holcomb and Olympic brakeman Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) maintained the lead set by Pikus-Pace after clocking a run of 1:06.00 to secure the title.

Germany trailed the Americans for second place with a combined time of 4:31.53.  Frank Rommel posted the fastest run of the men’s skeleton heat, while Sandra Kiriasis and Sarah Noll clocked the quickest women’s bobsled run.  Francesco Friedrich and Gino Gerhardi were also the fastest team down the run in the men’s bobsled heat.  Marion Thees made her best effort to maintain the lead, but it wasn’t enough to trump the speedy pace set by Pikus-Pace in the women’s skeleton heat.  Germany fell short of the title by 0.24 seconds. 

The Canadians were third with an aggregate time of 4:32.30.  Eric Neilson and Sarah Reid put together two solid runs in the skeleton heats.  Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois, the 2013 women’s bobsled World Champions, made a surprising error at the exit of the Horseshoe corner that cost Team Canada some time.  Lyndon Rush and Cody Sorensen helped secure the bronze medal for the team with a decent run in the men’s bobsled heat.

Team USA-2 finished eighth with a four-run combined time of 4:33.90.  Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) and Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) raced in the skeleton heats. Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) once again paired together for the team event, while a new combination of Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) raced in the men’s bobsled heat.

World Championship racing will continue Jan. 31-Feb. 3 with the women’s and men’s skeleton competitions and the four-man bobsled race. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

Results:

1. Daly, Meyers/Jones, Pikus-Pace, Holcomb/Tomasevicz (USA) 4:31.29 (1:08.61, 1:07.76, 1:08.92, 1:06.00); 2. Rommel, Kiriasis/Noll, Thees, Fridrich/Gerhardi (GER) 4:31.53 (1:07.76, 1:07.53, 1:10.62, 1:05.62); 3. Neilson, Humphris/Valois, Reid, Rush/Sorensen (CAN) 4:32.30 (1:08.55, 1:07.67, 1:09.90, 1:06.18);…8. Antoine, Fenlator/Evans, Uhlaender, Butner/Robinson (USA) 4:33.90 (1:09.22, 1:08.28, 1:10.22, 1:06.18);


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