WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) - Steven Holcomb extended his season-opening winning streak to three in World Cup two-man bobsled racing Friday night, beating Canada's Lyndon Rush by 0.04 seconds.
Holcomb, from Park City, Utah, and push athlete Steve Langton of Melrose, Mass., had a two-run time of 1 minute, 45.26 seconds. Rush, teaming with Lascelles Brown, followed in 1:45.30.
"I didn't win by much in this race," Holcomb said. "Lyndon is on his home track, and it's not easy to beat him here. I knew I had to lay down a smoker to keep the lead. ... I hope I can carry this momentum to Europe. We'll be in the Germans' backyard, and they'll play rough."
Langton helped give Holcomb momentum down the course with a push time of 4.79 seconds, and Holcomb squeaked ahead of Rush by 0.03 seconds with a first run of 52.54 seconds.
"I made some mistakes in the first run, but I was able to watch some video between heats and knew what adjustments I needed to make," Holcomb said. "I couldn't make any mistakes in the second heat if I was going to maintain the lead, and I knew Langton was going to give me a huge start. I just had to do my job."
In the second run, the Americans powered off the starting block two-hundredths of a second faster, and Holcomb pieced together a near perfect run in USA-1.
"Lyndon had a great second run, but we were lucky we were able to pick up that hundredth," Holcomb said. "I'm happy that my two-man driving is coming around. I'm happy with the way things are going, because this field isn't easy to beat. I just wish this had happened two years ago, but it gives me something to strive for in 2014."
Germany's Francesco Friedrich was third in 1:45.60.
Nick Cunningham of Monterey, Calif., and Chris Fogt of Alpine, Utah, finished ninth in 1:46.11, and Cory Butner of Yucaipa, Calif., and Johnny Quinn of McKinney, Texas, were 10th in 1:46.12.