Lumsden, teammates struggle on Austrian bobsleigh track

The day wasn’t as good as it could have been for pilot Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and the Canada 1 sled at a World Cup in Igls, Austria on Sunday.
Rush and his newly-formed crew of Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Cody Sorensen, of Ottawa, and Edmonton’s Neville Wright, struggled down the flat 1,220-metre track where he finished in 13th with a time of 1:43.94.

“Today was a combination of a new crew, a poor start and unfortunately not great driving,” said Tom Delahunty, head coach. “It just didn’t happen today, but it is not all doom and gloom. We’ve talked about things and I believe this is just a minor blip and Lyndon will fight his way back into the elite group.”

Canada’s Chris Spring got his four-man bobsleigh career off to an impressive start with a 10th-place finish on the track.

Calgary’s Spring and his crew of Toronto’s Tim Randall, Calgary’s Derek Plug and Graem Rinholm, of Saskatoon, put together fast starts with solid driving to post the top-Canadian two-run time at one minute, 43.86 seconds (1:43.86).

Alexsandr Zubkov piloted the Russia 1 sled to the gold medal with a time of 1:43.05. Olympic champion, Steven Holcomb, locked up the silver in the USA 1 sled with a time of 1:43.11. Germany’s Thomas Florschuetz and his crew finished third at 1:43.41.

The Canadian Team now travels to La Plagne, France for a World Cup next weekend.