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2010 Winter Olympics: Park City's Steve Holcomb hungry for shot at four-man medal

Park City's Steve Holcomb piloted the United States' USA-1 in two-man bobsled on Sunday.
Park City's Steve Holcomb piloted the United States' USA-1 in two-man bobsled on Sunday.
Ricardo Mazalan, Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Park City's Steve Holcomb is disappointed, but not discouraged.

"I'd like to say that we were just gearing up for four-man, but we came out here to win just like everybody else," said Holcomb of finishing sixth in the two-man bobsled with Curt Tomasevicz, Nebraska. "We had two great pushes today and two great pushes yesterday, and I drove well I thought. We have fast equipment and it's just something that wasn't there."

Had the duo won a medal, it would have ended a 52-year drought for the U.S. in two-man bobsled.

"Today didn't go exactly how we wanted it to," said Tomasevicz. "I feel like I could have gotten a little more out of the start, but it wasn't our day I guess. It makes us even hungrier for four-man this week though."

Holcomb said he may take Monday off as he tends to "over think" his driving at times.

"I was talking to the coaches right after the run and we didn't make any huge mistakes so there's not much I can really say other than I'm going to give it my all in four-man. It's been an intense week. I have a tendency for over thinking when I take too many runs, so I'm going to take tomorrow off. I'm just going to take a breather and relax and get my mind off bobsled for 24 hours."

German Andre Lange teamed with Kevin Kuske to claim his fourth Olympic gold medal in the sport of bobsled today with a four-run total of 3:26.65. Thomas Florschuetz and Adjei Richard, Germany's No. 2 sled, won silver, whil Alexander Zubkov and Alexy Voevoda won the bronze.

The other U.S. drivers were happy with their 11th and 12th place finishes.

IN SKI CROSS: It was a gold medal for Switzerland as Michael Schmid won the first ever Olympic ski cross race. Austria's Matt Andreas won silver, while Audun Groenvold, Norway, earned bronze.

Casey Puckett was the top American finisher in 23rd place, while Daron Rahlves was 28th.

IN WOMEN'S 1,500 METER SPEED SKATING: Jen Rodriguez skated the race in which she holds the U.S. record. She skated to an 18th place finish in what she called a "rough race."

"It was hard work from the get-go," Rodriguez said. Jilleanne Rookard finished 24th place, and last minute addition Catherine Raney Norman was 31st in the race.

The top U.S. finisher was Heather Richardson, a North Carolina native who lives and trains in Salt Lake City. She earned 16th place with a time of 1:59.56.

"I've had two top 10 finishes and this really wasn't a bad race," she said. "I am happy with it."

IN BIATHLON MEN'S MASS 15 KM START: Russia's Evgeny Ustyugov won the gold medal with a time of 35:35.7. Martin Fourcade, France, won silver just 10.5 seconds behind that winning time.

Pavol Hurajt, Slovokia, was the bronze medalist, finishing just 16.6 seconds after the winner.

The top U.S. finisher was Tim Burke, who was 1:09 off the pace.

Heber City's Jeremy Teela was 29th place, finishing 3:00.4 behind Ustyugov.

IN BIATHLON WOMEN'S MASS 12.5 KM START: Germany won gold when Magdalena Neuner finished in a time of 35:19.6.

Olga Zaitseva, France, earned silver crossing the finish line 5.5 seconds later. Simone Hauswald earned bronze, as she finished 7.3 seconds after the winner.