U.S. Bobsled Team Torches World Cup Events

Americans sweep all three medals, twice.

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An American sled at the Olympics in Vancouver.     Photo: Familymwr/Flickr

For the first time in 13 years, the U.S. bobsled team swept the medal stand in a World Cup Race. Americans took all three spots on the World Cup podium twice in the last two weeks, reports Sports Illustrated

All three American podium teams finished the track in under 1:51, with the fastest time of 1:50.19. The all-star driver Steven Holcomb, who is undefeated this year, took the top spot with his partner Chris Fogt.

“I think that's really going to help bring that motivation and confidence into Europe. It's definitely going to be harder over there," Holcomb told Sports Illustrated. "We had to take advantage of our North American experience and capitalize on it here because trust me, it's going to get a lot more difficult."

The World Cup season comes to an end with a lot of momentum behind both the men and women’s bobsled teams. "To sweep the podium, it's obviously something you always want to achieve...Not every nation even gets three sleds," says U.S. Coach Brian Shimer. "To put all three of them on the podium is pretty special. I've seen it a lot of times in my career, but with the Swiss flag flying or with the German flag flying."

On the women’s side, Lauryn Williams, a past 100-meter world champion, is a rising star who has medaled in each of her World Cup events. With an impressive rookie resume, Williams will compete with Lolo Jones and Emily Azevedo for an Olympic team spot.

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