Driving on his home track, Mike Kohn picked an ideal time for a breakout race.
Kohn led the United States to its best showing in a men's bobsled race since 2002, finishing second yesterday behind Germany's Andre Lange in the two-man World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Todd Hays of the US won bronze, marking the first time two American men's sleds won medals in the same race since the four-man competition at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
''Andre Lange is a great bobsledder and, honestly, I have a while before I catch up with him," Kohn said. ''To be where I am right now, I'm real proud."
Lange and brakeman Kevin Kuske finished their two runs in 1 minute 52.88 seconds; Kohn and Alex Sprague were 0.38 seconds back. Hays and Pavle Jovanovic were 0.51 seconds behind Lange to win their second medal in as many races this season.
Short-track speedskating -- Apolo Anton Ohno failed to reach the finals of the 500 meters in The Hague, threatening his chances of holding the lead for the overall World Cup title.
Ahn Hyun-Soo of South Korea won the 500, his second World Cup event in as many days, taking the lead in the final lap to beat Li JiaJun of China and American J.P. Kepka.
In the women's 500, Wang Meng of China edged Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria and Kalyna Roberge of Canada.
Luge -- Olympic champions Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch edged their German teammates to win the World Cup men's doubles event in Cesana-Pariol, Italy.
Leitner and Resch set a second-run record of 46.691 seconds for a combined winning time of 1:33.677. They beat world champions Andre Florschutz and Torsten Wustlich by 0.3 seconds.
Sylke Otto led Germany's podium sweep in the women's singles, setting a track record of 47.371 on the first run and adding the second-fastest run (47.439) for a combined 1:34.810. Tatjana Hufner and Silke Kraushaar followed.