Winter Olympics: Bobsled capsule outlook
By Candus Thomson
The Baltimore Sun
Whistler Sliding Center
FEB. 20, 21, 23, 24, 26,27
Best of the U.S.: The U.S. qualified three sleds in both the two-man and four-man. The big dog, Steve Holcomb, drives USA 1. John Napier pilots USA 2 and Mike Kohn is at the controls of USA 3. While they would like to do well, all three drivers will be focused on the four-man competition — the main event. In the women’s competition, driver Shauna Rohbock, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, has won 26 World Cup and four world championship medals. She set the track record at Igls, Germany, this season on her way to a second World Cup win.
Best of the rest: Germany’s Andre Lange has won the last two Olympic gold medals in the four-man and has 46 World Cup victories. Janis Minnis of Latvia finished the season in second and he won the World Cup race in Whistler last season. For the women, reigning Olympic champion Sandra Kiriasis from Germany earned the World Cup title without winning a single race, while Canada’s Kaillie Humphries was second and Germany’s Cathleen Martini was third.
Two man: 1. Lange, Germany. 2. Thomas Florschuetz, Germany. 3. Lyndon Rush, Canada.
Four-man: 1. Holcomb, U.S. 2. Lange, Germany. 3. Minnis, Latvia.
Women: 1. Rohbock, U.S. 2. Humphries, Canada. 3. Kiriasis, Germany.