Bobsleigh - British duo struggle in season opener

British pair John Jackson and John Baines experienced a baptism of fire after they were only able to finish 23rd in the two-man Bobsleigh World Cup opener at Lake Placid.

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Vancouver Olympian Jackson and Baines were making their first World Cup appearance together, but a time of 56.92 seconds was a long way off the pace.

In the absence of defending two-man bobsleigh champion Beat Hefti, American Steve Holcomb, joined by Steven Langton, picked up from where he left off at the end of last season, leading from the front to triumph in the curtain raiser.

World champions at the same venue back in February, Holcomb and Langton beat their team-mates Cory Butner and Chuck Berkeley by a large victory margin of 0.60 seconds.

Holcomb said: "This is my home track and I had two great starts with Steve and if we start out fast it makes it easier for me.

"We have always been in the mix with two-man but it is the event I struggle in so I am trying to make up for that and get another world champ title or possible another gold medal at the game in two years."

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