Bobsleigh duo slide to bronze at World Cup in Calgary

bobsleigh_200pxCALGARY— Canada’s newly-formed bobsleigh duo, Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden, won their first career World Cup two-man bobsleigh medal together on Saturday night (Nov. 30) in Calgary.

Spring, who was born in Australia and officially became a Canadian citizen this summer and calls Calgary home, piloted the Canada 2 sled to his first career two-man podium with a time of 1:49.42. The 29-year-old also won a bronze medal one year ago in the four-man World Cup race at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

“We are satisfied, but we wanted more tonight,” said Spring, who was sitting in second spot after the first run. “It is a World Cup podium and you have to be happy with that especially when it is at home.”

Spring, who had a horrific crash in Altenberg, Germany just under two years ago that nearly ended his career, united with Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., in the Canada 2 sled this fall where the dynamic duo are now focused on chasing medals around the world.

“This just sets the tone,” said Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., and who has pushed Lyndon Rush to multiple World Cup and World Championship medals over the last two years. “Chris Spring is a superstar and I am thrilled to be in his sled. We have a lot of work to do, but we have set the pace for the season. Time to get some sleep and complete the job tomorrow (in the four-man).”

American’s Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton won the season-opener with a time of 1:49.22. Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann slid to the silver medal at 1:49.38.

Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown teamed up for a eighth-place finish in the Canada 1 sled after posting a time of 1:49.80. Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and Edmonton’s Bryan Barnett finished tied for 13th at 1:50.16