Monterey bobsledder Nick Cunningham crashed during a training run as he continues to struggle with the four-man sled ahead of this weekend's World Cup races in Winterberg, Germany.
Cunningham's sled rolled over but he and his crew survived the mishap.
"I made a small mistake in curve nine and it cost us," said Cunningham, who is ranked second in the world in two-man.
The former Monterey High football player and sprinter recently switched to the Bo-Dyn "Night Train" four-man sled that teammate Steve Holcomb powered to a gold medal at the Vancouver Games. Cunningham, 29, had driven the sled only three times before the crash.
"I tried to modify to my style it as best I can," he told this newspaper last week. "It just didn't feel right. I'm doing this in a World Cup race. At that point I'm in damage control, trying not to crash, trying not to kill anybody."
Cunningham and crew completed their second practice run without incident.
Holcomb also crashed on curve nine in Winterberg in his new Night Train 2, a sled in which he has won three consecutive World Cup races this season.
"Don't mistake my crash as weakness," Holcomb wrote on his Facebook page. "On the contrary, it shows the commitment, courage, and determination my team has to win. In order to get better and go faster than you ever have before, you must step outside your comfort zone, try things you've never tried, do things you've never done, and see just how far you can push your limits."
Holcomb and his crew also escaped unscathed.
The Americans, who have four World Cup events before the Sochi Games, hope to qualify three teams in two-man and four-man at the Olympics.
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