Monterey's Nick Cunningham won a second consecutive World Cup medal Friday, finishing third in the two-man bobsled competition at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Cunningham and partner Dallas Robinson missed the silver medal by one-hundredth of a second to Swiss sledders Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann.

Olympic champion Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah, won his fifth-consecutive gold medal Friday. Pilot Cory Butner of Yucaipa was fourth overall with partner Charles Berkeley of Walnut Creek.

"People are expecting us to go fast now," said Holcomb, who won the two-man world championships last year. "The second run I had more mistakes than I have had in any run so far. I luckily had a good cushion."

Cunningham and Robinson held a slight lead over the Swiss after the first run, hoping to earn their second-consecutive silver medal after a strong finish last week in Park City.

"After winning a medal last week I thought, 'This is better, I should do this more often,' " Robinson told reporters.

Cunningham, formerly a Monterey Peninsula College football player, credited his sleds and technicians for recent success.

"I would love to put all of the credit on myself, but when I get on the start line and I have confidence in my equipment, it's hard not to do well," Cunningham told reporters. "The sled mechanics are in the garage all day long, the coaches are out there working hard for us and making modifications to the sleds. Coming out here and getting these medals is not for us, it is to show them that their hard work is paying off. Hopefully it will be a trend for the whole season."


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