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Lumsden, Rush race to bobsled gold medal

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LA PLAGNE, France -- Canada's two-man bobsled team of Lyndon Rush and Jesse Lumsden earned their first gold medal of the World Cup season on Saturday, while teammate Sarah Reid won silver in women's skeleton.

The duo posted the fastest times in both runs down the French Alps track for a combined time of two minutes 01.18 seconds. It was the third straight podium finish for Rush of Humboldt, Sask., and Lumsden of Burlington, Ont.

"We've been close all year, but it is so fun when you finally close the deal," said Rush. "It is so hard to start on this track because it is really flat so it exposes the better athletes. Jesse is an unbelievable athlete and he did an incredible job carrying the load today."

It was the fifth two-man and ninth overall World Cup medal for Rush, who won the four-man Olympic bronze medal in 2010.

Rush and Lumsden have combined to win five World Cup medals together, including two victories, in addition to sliding to the silver medal at last year's World Championships.

Saturday's gold, which is Rush's third career two-man victory, brings the Canadian bobsled squads podium total to nine this year.

Switzerland's Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann won the silver at 2:01.45, while Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton, of the U.S., grabbed the bronze with a time of 2:01.48.

Calgary's Chris Spring and Edmonton's Adam Rosenke finished 15th.

In women's skeleton, Calgary's Reid rocketed down the challenging 1,507-metre La Plagne track in a time of 2:08.71 to finish in a deadlock for second spot with Germany's Marion Thees.

Two-time World Cup champion, Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., placed seventh at 2:09.53, while rookie Cassie Hawrysh of Brandon dropped out of the top 10, finishing 13th (2:10.06).

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 16, 2012 B16

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