Monterey bobsledder Nick Cunningham is on a roll. So is the rest of the American team.

Cunningham got his second medal in consecutive days Saturday and U.S. sledders swept the World Cup competition at Lake Placid, N.Y., a day after going first, third and fourth.

Olympic champion Steven Holcomb won his sixth consecutive race with Cunningham taking the silver with partner Johnny Quinn of Texas. Cory Butner of Yucaipa finished third in the two-man race with pusher Chuck Berkeley of Walnut Creek.

"It's something as a coach I've seen over my career, especially with the Swiss flags flying, the German flags flying," U.S. coach Brian Shimer told reporters. "Now I get it to witness it with the American flag flying."

Organizers ran two-man races on consecutive days to get in more competition at home before the Americans take a holiday break. They will travel to Europe for the second half of the season before the Sochi Games that begin February 6.

"It sets a great tone for the second half leading to Sochi," Shimer said.

Cunningham, a sergeant in the New York National Guard, used a different push partner Saturday after barely missing a silver medal the previous day. Cunningham also won a silver medal a week ago in Park City, Utah.

He was second again to Holcomb, who has become the world's most dominant driver.


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"To be chasing down a guy of that caliber, and to even be in a conversation with him is unbelievable," Cunningham told reporters. "Today really does show the hard work that we put in this off-season, all the way down the line from everybody. We can't race without the best support in the world."

Quinn won his first World Cup medal after four years of competing.

"I couldn't have done it without his driving and his pushing," he said of Cunningham. "This is sweet. And to top that off, to have all three of our best sleds on the podium -- what a feeling."

Holcomb also will be the favorite Sunday in the four-man competition where he is reigning Olympic champion. But the Utah driver can feel the pressure from his American teammates.

"Those guys are breathing down my neck so I have to step up my game," he said. "When they're doing well and are happy, it motivates us and motivates my guys."

Holcomb won by 0.55 seconds, a large margin in a sport where a hundredth of a second can make the difference.

"We're never fully satisfied," Holcomb said. "This race is done, it's behind us now. We're going to go out and improve on this and go even better tomorrow."

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