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U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team Trials

January 5, 1998

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ Todd Hays and Jim Herberich finished one-two Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Bobsled drivers’ trials to earn berths on the team that will compete at next month’s Nagano Games.

Hays and Herberich, whose nominations to the U.S. Olympic Team must be formally approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee, will join USA I driver Brian Shimer on the Olympic squad. Shimer, of Naples, Fla., earned an automatic berth on the team based on his World Cup finishes in the first half of the season.

``I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of cliches about how great I feel,″ Hays said after finishing first in Sunday’s race, a four-man competition, in a combined 1:38.92. ``It’s been a long time coming. You can’t put it into words.″

The 28-year-old Texan, who failed to win a spot on the national team during the October trials, finished second to Herberich three times during the Olympic trials before capturing the final race.

Herberich, of Winchester, Mass., came into Sunday’s race needing only to negotiate the 15-turn course twice without crashing to win an Olympic berth. He said the pressure was definitely off him but that he still had to focus on the track.

``There’s no such thing as conservative driving in bobsled,″ he said. ``The best line is the fastest line.″

It will be the third Olympics for Herberich, who finished 14th in the two-man competition at Lillehammer four years ago.

Brakemen and pushers for the bobsled team will be selected later this week.

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