LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Steven Holcomb has won the two-man gold medal in the World Cup bobsled season opener at Mount Van Hoevenberg as the United States swept the top two spots.

Holcomb and brakeman Steve Langton finished the two heats in 1 minute, 51.75 seconds to best teammates Cory Butner and brakeman Charles Berkeley by 0.60 seconds.

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Francesco Friedrich and Gino Gerhardi of Germany took the bronze.

Nick Cunningham and Andreas Drbal finished fifth for the United States, a sloppy second run knocking them off the podium after posting the third-fastest time in the first heat.

Earlier, Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones of the U.S. won silver in the women's bobsled race and teammates Elana Meyers and Tianna Madison took the bronze.