Lumsden, teammates off the rough bobsleigh start

Olympic medalist Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and his crew of Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen and Edmonton’s Neville Wright, continue to struggle in the Canada 1 sled early in the season.

The quartet finished 11th at 1:57.71 on Sunday (Dec. 11) at the World Cup four-man bobsleigh meet in La Plagne, France.

“We still have a little ways to go, and haven’t really put a race together the way we want to yet,” said Rush. “I don’t have any excuses. I have been at this a long time now and we should be better than this.”

Meanwhile, Chris Spring slid to his best result with a ninth-place finish on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Calgary-based rookie teamed up with Toronto’s Tim Randall, Calgary’s Derek Plug and Graeme Rinholm, of Saskatoon, to clock a time of 1:57.63 in the crew’s first visit to the Olympic Track near Albertville, France.

“It’s a classic case of a new young lad who has nothing to lose and it is spectacular to watch,” said Tom Delahunty, head coach of the Canadian Bobsleigh Team.

Spring, who started bobsleigh in 2007 while working on a visa from Australia, has had an impressive start in his first season on the elite circuit. Spring drove the Canada 2 sled to a sixth-place finish in the two-man race Saturday, and Sunday improved on last weekend’s 10th-place result as the top sled in the four-man.

Germany swept the four-man podium.