CALGARY, Canada — The Soviet Union's Ianis Kipours, aided by deteriorating track conditions that slowed defending gold medalist Wolfgang Hoppe, jumped from fourth to first on the second run in the Olympic two-man bobsled Saturday to set up what could be one of the Games' biggest upsets.
The beleaguered U.S. team, meanwhile, could manage no higher than 20th place with two heats remaining today.
Team member Willie Gault, a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, did not compete but did slide down the track as one of the "forerunners" who test the course before the races.
Hoppe, 30, of East Germany, bettered the course record by more than two seconds on his first run, covering the 4,838-foot track in 57.06 seconds.
But he slowed to 59.26 on his second run as the sun and temperatures in the low 60s compounded the damage the sleds routinely do to the ice.