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U.S. wins gold medal in four-man bobsled

Steven Holcomb drove USA-1 to the gold medal in four-man bobsledding, ending a 62-year drought for Americans in the event.

 It was the first gold medal for the U.S. in four-man bobsled since Francis Tyler won one for the Americans at St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 1948.

USA-1's four-run time was 3 minutes 24.46 seconds.

Germany-1 won the silver in 3:24.84; Canada-1 took the bronze in 3:24.85.

The last sled down the track, Holcomb and his sledmates crossed the finish line and threw their arms in the air before wrapping each other in American flags. Holcomb hoisted his helmet high as family and friends craned for photographs, and a party that the U.S. program had been waiting 62 years for was finally getting started.

“It's huge,” said USA-3 driver Mike Kohn, who finished 13th. “This is a great moment. It's hopefully going to change the program and bring some publicity and some funding to this sport, just like it did in '02 when we won silver and bronze.”

Kohn was a push athlete for Brian Shimer's sled at those 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, when Todd Hays drove to silver and Shimer got the Americans a bronze.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: USA-1 makes its way down the Whistler Sliding Center course during Saturday's four-man bobsledding competition. Credit Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

U.S. leads after first two runs of four-man bobsled

Olyblog USA 1, with Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), Steve Mesler (Buffalo, N.Y.), Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) and Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), is in first place at the halfway point of the four-man bobsled competition at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday. They set track records in both of their runs to post a total time of 1:41.75, 0.40 ahead of Canada 1 and 0.44 up on Germany 1. The American sled lowered the track record to 50.89 in the first heat, then shaved another 0.03 off that mark their second trip down the course.

USA 3 with Mike Kohn (Fairfax, Va.), Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.), Jamie Moriarty (Glencoe, Ill.) and Bill Schuffenhauer (Ogden, Utah) is 12th with a 1:43.11, 1.36 behind USA 1 and 0.92 off the third-place German sled. USA 2 with John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chuck Berkeley (Pittsfield, Mass.) rolled over during its second run but still was able to record a result. Their 1:44.71 has them in 17th place, 2.96 off the pace.

The final two runs are Saturday starting at 1 p.m. PST.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: The United States' USA-2, with John Napier, getting out of sled, and teammates Charles Berkeley, Steven Langton, and Chris Fogt, crash during the men's four-man bobsled competition. Credit: Michael Sohn, Associated Press.

U.S. bobsledder detained, released by Canadian police [Updated]

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Thursday that American bobsledder Bill Schuffenhauer was detained and released by Canadian police. The USOC did not comment any further on the matter, saying it was waiting for more details to become available.

Canadian police and the U.S. bobsled team declined requests for comment by the Associated Press.

"We understand that late last evening Bill Schuffenhauer, a member of the U.S. Bobsled team, was detained and released by authorities in Whistler," USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.

It is unclear how the incident will affect Schuffenhauer's participation in the four-man bobsled competition on Friday. Schuffenhauer, 36, competes on the USA-3 sled. He won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

[Updated, 1:56 p.m.: U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele said Schuffenhauer was not arrested and is expected to compete. "It looks like nothing further is going to happen," he said.]

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Canada wins gold and silver in women's bobsled; U.S. wins bronze


Canada won gold and silver in women's bobsled at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Wednesday.

Canada-1, with Kallie Humphries and Heather Moyse aboard, completed four runs in 3:32.28. Canada-2, with Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown finished in 3:33.13.

USA-2, with Erin Pac and Elana Meyers, won bronze with a time of 3:33.40.

“They should have gone 1-2,” Pac said of the Canadians. “They deserved it.”

USA-3 finished fifth and USA-1 finished sixth.

 -- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Canada-1 speeds down the track. Credit: Ricardo Mazalan / Associated Press

Day by day: U.S. Olympic medal haul so far

The U.S. has won 26 medals through Tuesday, Feb. 23, with seven gold, nine silver and 10 bronze.

Canada leads in women's bobsled; U.S. team in second place


Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Canada have the lead midway through the women's bobsled competition at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, but barely ahead of Erin Pac and Elana Meyers of the United States.

Humphries and Moyse drove Canada-1 down the track in a combined time of 1 minute, 46.20 seconds over their two heats.

Pac and Meyers, in USA-2, are 0.13 second behind.

Germany-2, driven by Cathleen Martini, is third.

Two U.S. sled are tied for sixth: USA-1 with Shauna Rohbock and Michelle Rzepka and USA 3 with Bree Schaaf and Emily Azevedo both have a total time of 1:47.09.

The final two runs will be held Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. PST.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Erin Pac and Elana Meyers in USA-2. Credit: Michael Sohn, AP.

Germany's Andre Lange wins another bobsled gold medal


Germany's Andre Lange has won the Olympic two-man bobsled, his record fourth gold medal.

Lange and brakeman Kevin Kuske completed their four runs in 3 minutes, 26.65 seconds. Germany's Thomas Florschuetz finished second in 3:26.87 to win silver, and Russia's Alexsandr Zubkov took the bronze in 3:27.51.

Lange, the defending Olympic champion in two- and four-man bobsled, surpassed Germany's Meinhard Nehmer for the most bobsled golds. Lange also won the four-man event at the Salt Lake Games in 2002.

USA-1 with Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) finished sixth with a total time of 3:27.94.

USA-2 with John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) finished in 10th place in 3:29.40, while USA-3 with Mike Kohn (Fairfax, Va.) and Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) was 12th in 3:29.78.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Kevin Kuske, left, and Andre Lange, right, celebrate their victory. Credit: Oliver Lang, AFP/Getty Images

Bobsled: All aboard the Night Train

The U.S. will contend for medals in several Olympics sledding events, including possible gold for the four-man bobsled team led by driver Steve Holcomb, the current world champion. His No. 1 team uses a high-tech black sled known as the Night Train.  In women’s two-man bobsled, 2006 silver medalist Shauna Rohbock heads a deep U.S. team.

Whistler Sliding Centre: Whistling down the mountain

The Whistler Sliding Centre will host bobsled, luge and skeleton. It’s the only outdoor ice surface at the Games. One of only 15 sliding tracks in the world that host international competition, it has been described as an elevator shaft with ice.

2010 Winter Olympics daily schedule

Competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, with the opening ceremony following at 6 p.m. The closing ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28.


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