Racine-Flowers team rises to third overall

Updated: January 28, 2005, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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