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Racine-Flowers team rises to third overall

1/28/2005

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland -- Jean Racine led her U.S. bobsled
team to a World Cup victory Friday, setting a track record in the
second run.

The victory by Racine and Vonetta Flowers in United States 1
moved the Americans into third place in the overall standings.

Switzerland 1 led until the final run, when Racine squeezed past
Sabina Hafner's sled to win in 2 minutes, 17.82 seconds. Hafner was
0.17 behind with Susi-Lisa Erdman in Germany 2 trailing the winner
by 0.35.

"I think the credit goes to everyone that helped with the sled
this week," said Racine, who posted her first win of the season.
Her record time for the second run was 1:08.77.

Sandra Kiriasis-Prokoff in Germany 1 kept her overall World Cup
lead with 545 points despite finishing seventh. This was only the
second World Cup race this season that Kiriasis-Prokoff has failed
to win. The other was in Altenberg, Germany.

Cathleen Martini in Germany 3 finished just ahead of
Kiriasis-Prokoff in sixth to narrow the gap at the top of the
standings; she has 460 points. Racine is third with 404 points, followed by Erdmann with 395.