Chuck Berkeley, USA2 in 17th after Two Heats of Olympic Bobsled
Feb. 26, 2010
BERKELEY - Former Cal 400-meter runner Chuck Berkeley and his USA2 four-man bobsled stand in 17th place after the first two heats of the Olympic competition at the Whistler Sliding Center outside Vancouver. The final two heats to determine medal awards will be contested Saturday afternoon.
Driven by John Napier, Berkeley serves as a push man and is part of a crew that includes Christoher Fogt and Steven Langston.
The quartet stood in seventh after the first run Friday, completing the course in 51.30, which was 0.41 seconds behind leader USA1. However, USA2 faltered on its second run with a time of 53.41 seconds and is now 2.96 seconds out of first with a combined time of 1:44.71.
USA1, driven by Steven Holcomb, set a track record and leads with a combined time of 1:41.75. Canada1 is in second, 0.40 seconds back, followed by Germany in third.
Heat three begins at 1 p.m. PT Saturday, with the final heat slated to start at approximately 2:40.
Berkeley, who competed for the Bears in 1999 and 2000, is believed to be just the fourth former Cal student to compete at the Winter Olympics and first since Connie Carpenter-Phinney was on the U.S. speed skating team in 1972.
For complete results and live statistics of the event, visit the bobsled page at vancouver2010.com.