Friday, February 22, 2008

Good Save

Good Save Holcomb!! Of course I'm boasting just a tad, but hey I am rather impressed with my performance. Ok, actually I’m not. The first half I had 3 gold, 2 silver, and a bronze. The second half I picked up a single silver medal. OUCH. That is terrible, relatively speaking. Obviously 2 years ago I would have done anything to have just 1 top 5 finish. However, being called the #1 driver in the world after last year is a lot to live up to. I am expected to be top 5 in every race; I also hold myself to high standard and expect that I perform like I am a champion

Anyway, back to what I was saying. We struggled a bit in Europe after I strained my Adductor. I wasn’t able to push to my ability and we struggled at the start. Without a great start, it’s hard to drive so well that you actually catch up to the best drivers in the world. Not going to happen. So we had a rough streak with an 8th, 11th, and 17th. Luckily I was healing and we made a comeback in the St. Moritz 4-man to a 6th place finish. It was the turning point of the second half we were no longer on the downfall, we were now on our way back up. The next week in Königsee, Germany we tied for 2nd with the Russians.

After Königsee we moved to Winterberg, Germany for the Finale. We were in a tough spot. The World Rankings had me at 4th in the 2-man, 4th in the 4-man, and 3rd in the Combined. Top 3 was possible for each event.

In order to move into 3rd place in 2-man I needed to beat Italians by 4 places. Not impossible, but difficult. Sure enough after a decent first run I was sitting in 6th place with the Italians in 10th right where I needed them to be. The second run was equally as good and we not only maintained our 4 sled lead over the Italians but gained one more. Mission accomplished. Unfortunately, we were caught off guard by the Russians who placed 2nd in the race and leap–frogged over us to 3rd place. So, to make a short story long, we moved into 3rd, then back to 4th. DAMN!!!

The 4-man didn’t work out either. We were 2 points ahead of the Latvian’s. All we had to do was tie or better. No big deal right? If they get 2nd then I have to get first, but if the get 30th all I have to do is get 29th or better. Basically, just beat them, that is all that matters. Well, we didn’t. We finished .03 seconds behind them. DAMN!!!

The weekend wasn’t a total loss. We missed the top 3 in 2-man by a few points, the 4-man by even less; the good news of the year so far is that we were far enough ahead of anybody else in the combined that we had 3rd locked in no matter what. So, without further ado, I present you with the World Cup Trophy.

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