Bascue posts career-best finish in two-man sled at Koenigssee

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) teamed with Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) for his personal best two-man bobsled World Cup finish in Koenigssee on Jan. 23.

Bascue and Horn finished 11th, bettering Bascue’s former personal best from the 2014-2015 season by four spots. Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) and Adrian Adams (Reidsville, N.C.) finished 23rd.

“Every week we continue to make progress,” said USA Bobsled Driving Coach Brian Shimer. “The international federation has done a great job of keeping us safe while competing during a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the protocols get easier. It’s a tough season, and these athletes are doing a great job of adapting.”

Bascue and Horn posted a start time of 4.97 seconds in the opening heat, and Bascue piloted the KOA-branded sled to the finish in 50.06 seconds to place the duo in the top 10. The Americans clocked a second heat start time of 4.96 seconds for a 50.16-second downtime in heat two. Bascue and Horn lost one spot, moving into 11th place with a two-run combined time of 1:40.22.

Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis from Germany were again golden. Johannes Lochner and Eric Franke claimed silver for Germany, and Austria’s Benjamin Maier and Kristian Huber finished third.

Four-man race

The four-man bobsled team of Gadbois, Boone Niederhofer (San Antonio, Texas), Horn and Adams was the top American crew in 20th at the Koenigssee World Cup Sunday, Jan. 24. Bascue, Carlo Valdes (Newport Beach, Calif.), Kyle Wilcox (Tampa, Fla.), and Blaine McConnell (Tacoma, Wash.) finished 22nd.

Germany’s Friedrich teamed with Margis, Martin Grothkopp and Alexander Schueller for his 50th career World Cup win. Austrians Maier, Danut Ion Moldovan, Markus Sammer and Sascha Stepan prevented a German sweep of the medals by finishing second. Lochner, Florian Bauer, Christopher Weber and Christian Rasp claimed bronze for Germany.