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Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Justin Kripps finishes second ahead of Chris Spring

Lake Placid (RWH): Steven Holcomb of the USA has taken victory in the two-man bobsleigh at the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup in Lake Placid. In front of a home crowd at Mount van Hoevenberg, Holcomb and his brakesman Sam McGuffie achieved the fastest time in both heats, pushing the two Canadian teams of Justin Kripps with Jesse Lumsden (0.27 seconds behind) and Chris Spring with Lascelles Brown (0.28 seconds behind) into second and third place.
Following the first heat, Justin Olsen (USA) and his brakeman Evan Weinstock were in second place but ended up in eighth place after the second heat. Justin Olsen acted as the brakeman for pilot Steven Holcomb when they took the 2009 World Championship title, the 2010 Olympic gold medal in the four-man bobsleigh as well as several podium finishes in the World Cup.
Justin Kripps (CAN, 402 points), who only just missed out on a place on the podium after finishing fourth at the opening race in Whistler (CAN), has now taken the lead in the overall standings for the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup. Defending World Cup winner Yunjong Won of Korea (392 points) finished fourth in Lake Placid and is second in the overall standings. After the second of eight races this season, Swiss pilot Rico Peter (386 points), who finished sixth in Lake Placid, is in third place overall. @RWH2016-2017

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