Bobsledder Nick Cunningham of Monterey had a rough day Sunday in Winterberg, Germany, placing 16th in a four-man World Cup race a day after a season-best 12th.

Cunningham, 28, is trying to earn an Olympic berth in the four-man competition after all but qualifying in the two-man sled. He and crew Dallas Robinson, Johnny Quinn and Abe Morlu finished in 1 minute 51.67 seconds, well behind German Maximilian Arndt, who won for the second consecutive day. German driver Francesco Friedrich got the silver as he did Saturday.

Reigning Olympic champion Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah, finished seventh after crashing the previous day. Belmont's Andreas Drbal helped push pilot Cory Butner to 13th.

"We always take a knock coming from our home tracks to Europe, and it's been a lot more challenging this year with the switch to two-man and four-man with the different steering systems in the sleds," U.S. coach Brian Shimer said in a statement. "Not to make an excuse, but we're figuring out some issues and know what we've got to do to get up to speed."

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