Steven Holcomb of Team USA laid down another dominant performance in the World Cup two-man bobsleigh race on Saturday at Igls, Austria—his fifth win of the season.
Holcomb and Cory Butner finished as the top two American sleds in the field, guaranteeing spots on the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi next month.
It was a tight race all around, with qualifying spots for the Winter Olympics on the line.
Second-ranked Beat Hefti of Switzerland took the silver, while Russia's Alexander Zubkov was third. The 39-year-old veteran has been racing since 1999 and will be competing in his fifth Olympics in Sochi. He won bronze in the two-man in Vancouver in 2010 and silver in four-man in Turin in 2006.
Looking past Holcomb's dominant performance, the other American drivers struggled. Fifth-ranked Cory Butner finished ninth on Saturday, while sixth-ranked Nick Cunningham finished a disappointing 15th.
Team USA will send three sleds to the Olympics, but that third driver, as well as the three brakemen, will be chosen at the discretion of the U.S. coaches on Sunday. Cunningham's spot is not yet guaranteed.
Nevertheless, an impressive day for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation: Steven Holcomb is the clear favorite for gold in Sochi.
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