Canadian bobsledders finish in a Rush; Lumsden on silver medal run

Lyndon Rush capped off a medal-winning weekend for Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes with an eighth-place finish in the four-man bobsleigh race in Konigssee, Germany on Sunday (Jan. 15).

One day removed from winning his first silver medal of the season in the two-man event, the 31-year-old Rush, of Humboldt, Sask. and his crew of Jesse Lumsden (Burlington), Cody Sorensen (Ottawa), and Neville Wright (Edmonton), clocked a two-run time of 1:38.62 despite starting well back in 16th spot on the start list.

“We had a couple of minor problems. An air horn fell on the course in the first run, and Lyndon’s sled went on top of it,” said Tom de la Hunty, head coach for the Canadian Bobsleigh Team. “We had a tough second run, but the team’s starts improved and I think they are starting to get back on track now.”

Russia’s Alexsandr Zubkov drove to the gold medal with a time of 1:38.05. Manuel Machata and his four-man German crew clocked-in at 1:38.07 to win the silver, while Maximillian Arndt locked up the bronze medal in the Germany 1 sled at 1:38.19.

Rush and Lumsden’s silver on Saturday was one of four medals for Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes.

Kaillie Humphries and Emily Baadsvik won the silver in the women’s event, while Mellisa Hollingsworth claimed the bronze in women’s skeleton. The Canadian squad also teamed up to win the bronze in Saturday’s team competition.

“It was a fantatsic week overall and we couldn’t be more excited to have Chris Spring be here with us yesterday” said de la Hunty. “Having him here was fantastic boost for the team, and winning three medals in bobsleigh was terrific.”

The Canadian Team will now head to St. Moritz, Switzerland for a World Cup next weekend.