Rookie USA-2 pilot Nick Cunningham of Monterey posted the fastest run of the second heat Saturday to win a bronze medal at Lake Placid, N.Y. in his third World Cup bobsled competition.

Cunningham's four-man team included pushers Andreas Drbal of Belmont, Adam Clark of Owenton, Ky. and Chris Fogt of Alpine, Utah. Cunningham's mistake a day earlier cost his two-man sled a medal chance.

"You've got to realize the level that we're at and I wasn't upset about fifth place, I was upset that I fell back," Cunningham told reporters. "I hate doing that to my guys. When they give everything and I don't come through for them that's the hardest part."

Reigning world champions Steven Holcomb, Steve Langton, Justin Olsen and Curt Tomasevicz in USA-1 finished second Saturday after Holcomb won Friday.

"The athleticism of our team right now is impressive," Cunningham said. "We have such a deep field of talented athletes, and we plan on pushing the envelope at every track off the starting block."

Push athlete Chuck Berkeley of Walnut Creek was part of a third U.S. sled that finished 20th.