Sunday Dec. 15, 2013 16:55 ET

Canada misses 4-man bobsled medal by narrowest margin

American Steven Holcomb unbeatable so far this season

Canada's pilot Chris Spring, right, and teammates Cody Sorensen, Jesse Lumsden and Ben Coakwell moved up the standings after the first run. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)
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Reigning Olympic champion Steven Holcomb remained perfect on the season Sunday, driving USA 1 to victory in a World Cup 4-man race at Mount Van Hoevenberg.    

Holcomb and his team of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt finished two runs in one minute, 50.15 seconds.    

Holcomb has driven to victory in all seven of his World Cup starts this season. American bobsledders and skeleton athletes won 11 of 21 medals awarded in Lake Placid, N.Y., this weekend. 

"If you'd have said I would win seven in a row in my career, ever, I'd have thought you were crazy," said Holcomb. "I don't even know what to think right now. It's kind of overwhelming." 

British pilot John James Jackson and his team were surprising silver medallists, just 0.07 seconds back on a snowy afternoon. 

"This is Steve Holcomb's track," Jackson said. "Put Steve on any track, and he's quick." 

The German team took third, 0.25 seconds behind Holcomb.    

Germany finished 1-100th of a second ahead of Canada 1, who were fifth after the first run.

The Canadian team is comprised of Calgary native Chris Spring, Cody Sorensen of Ottawa, Jesse Lumsden of Burlington, Ont., and Ben Coakwell of Moose Jaw, Sask.

Canada 2 was in ninth place, led by Justin Kripps of Summerland, B.C.

Lyndon Rush of Humboldt, Sask., failed to qualify for the second run, though may have had the most spectacular trip of anyone down the track. 

One of Rush's brakemen slipped at the start and was unable to jump into the sled, was skidding along the ice and then got pulled into his spot by another push athlete. 

Rush managed to keep the sled upright, though his finish time was good enough for only 21st place, one spot too low to reach the second heat. 

--With files from

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