The 24-year-old pilot and his push driver martin putze were only beaten by local canadian hero lyndon rush. Swiss world cup skier beat hefti finished third.
Arndt was still in the lead after the first of two passes and was only 7/100 seconds behind the canadian at the end. Last year’s winner, manuel machata of SC potsdam, came in fifth with christian poser. Francesco friedrich from oberbarenburg finished eleventh with ronny listner at his whistler premiere.
After a wave of flu and some minor injuries, the strong regulars kevin kuske, andreas bredau or shooting star marko hubenbecker were spared with a view to the world championships in two weeks in lake placid. "We already had to make the rotations in the past few weeks after the pile-up injury. Now new jolts like those of alexander rodiger were added again and again. But it’s part of our strategy that the strong guys can all be used in different ways," said langen.
Other nations make things easier for themselves. Langen referred to olympic four-man bobsleigh champion steven holcomb (USA), who is preparing for his home world championships and has decided not to compete on the difficult track at the whistler sliding center. The risk of not only endangering one’s own health but also wrecking one’s sled on the infamous curve 13 with the name fifty-fifty is simply too high shortly before the season’s climax.