By Chuck Pool (cpool@Rice.edu) -
Former Rice standout Sam McGuffie opened his second season with the US Bobsled team in impressive fashion, teaming with three-time Olympic medalist Steve Holcomb to win the two-man bobsled event in near record time at the Lake Placid World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York on Friday.
Holcomb and McGuffie took the lead on their first run, posting a time of 54.66 seconds, just 0.05 seconds from the track record set in 2003 and then clinched their spot at the top step of the podium with a second run of in 54.81 for a combined time of 1:49.47 to take the win by 0.27 seconds.
This is McGuffie’s first medal on the World Cup circuit in his second year as a member of the American team. His previous best finish in the two-man race was eighth last year while his best in four-man was seventh.