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WHISTLER, British Columbia -- It wasn't a race they were supposed to win -- the expectations will come days from now in the four-man competition -- but the American drought continued in sliding sports when Team USA could muster no better than sixth place in the two-man bobsled competition Sunday evening.
The overwhelming favorite of the race, driver Andre Lange of Germany, delivered a gold medal, and Germany enjoyed a dominating day at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Lange was great, and Germany's second sled of Thomas Florschuetz and Richard Adjei took silver. Alexsandr Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda of the Russian Federation won bronze.
The Steve Holcomb-Curt Tomasevicz USA I sled finished more than a second behind the leader. John Napier and Steven Langton of USA II finished 10th and Mike Kohn and Nick Cunningham finished 12th.
The U.S. men went 0-for-3 in the men's luge, 0-for-3 in women's luge, 0-for-2 in men's doubles luge (there is no women's doubles), 0-for-2 in women's skeleton and 0-for-3 in men's skeleton, and now 0-for-3 in two-man bobsled.
"Go four man," Holcomb said.
To be fair, only in women's bobsled and men's four-man were the Americans overwhelming favorites to medal in the sliding sports. The rest has been a difficult climb. The women begin medal competition on Tuesday, with the Shauna Rohbock-Michelle Rzepka duo of USA I favored to medal. The U.S. will also enter two more sleds in the competition, USA II with Erin Pac and Elana Meyers and the USA III sled of Bree Schaaf and Emily Azevedo.