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Holcomb, USA-1 win another World Cup event

Steven Holcomb earns his seventh gold medal of the young season.

A YEAR AGO, Steven Holcomb won six medals on the World Cup circuit, which would represent a strong year for just about any bobsled driver.

So far this season, he's won seven. All gold, too.

And the season isn't even half over yet.

Holcomb drove USA-1 to victory yesterday in Lake Placid, N.Y., to cap off another huge weekend for American bobsledders and skeleton athletes on the World Cup circuit, teaming with Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt to finish two runs at Mount Van Hoevenberg in 1 minute, 50.15 seconds.

Holcomb's medal was the 11th won by U.S. sliders in Lake Placid. The rest of the world, combined, won 10. For the season, after stops in Calgary, Park City and now Lake Placid, the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation possesses 25 of the 54 medals awarded so far on the World Cup tour.

In other winter sports:

* The United States qualified for the men's curling tournament at the Sochi Olympics with an 8-5 playoff victory over the Czech Republic in Fuessen, Germany.

* World champion Tessa Worley, of France, won the World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Mario Matt, a two-time slalom world champion from Austria, won his first World Cup slalom race since March 2011 by 0.53 seconds over Sweden's Mattias Hargin in in Val d'Isere, France.


Stewart and Connor Cink won the Father/Son Challenge in Orlando, Fla., making two eagles in their final five holes for a three-stroke victory in the scramble event. Steve and Sam Elkington and Vijay and Qass Singh tied for second.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla., shooting a 14-under 58 in the final-round scramble.


* Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was voted the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year after the first British man to lift the trophy at the All England Club in 77 years.

Francis Tiafoe, of College Park, Md., became the youngest boys' singles champion in the history of the Orange Bowl International, beating fellow 15-year-old, Stefan Kozlov, in Plantation, Fla.


* A labor court in Brazil halted construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death Saturday while working on a roofing structure in the jungle city of Manaus.