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Germans win bobsled World Cup; 2 US sleds crash

January 4, 2014

WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Maximilian Arndt drove to gold and Francesco Friedrich piloted his sled to silver Saturday, as Germany dominated a World Cup four-man bobsled race on one of its home tracks.

Arndt and teammates Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze finished two runs in 1 minute, 49.97 seconds. Friedrich and Jannie Baecker, Gregor Bermback and Thorsten Margis were timed in 1:50.14. The Russian team of Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Aleksei Pushkarev took third in 1:50.17.

Arndt took over the top spot in the four-man season standings, 70 points ahead of Holcomb.

American pilot Steven Holcomb crashed in the second run, likely costing him a podium finish.

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