Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., drove the Canada 1 crew — Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., Calgary's Lascelles Brown and Ottawa's Cody Sorensen — into into the top-10 with a two-run time of one minute 38.76 seconds down the 1,435-metre track.
Russia's Alexander Zubkov and his crew of Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Maxim Mokrousov won the gold with a time of 1:38.06.
The Germans thrilled the thousands of fans that lined the oldest track in the world by winning the silver and bronze medals.
Maximimillian Arndt, Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze blasted the Germany 1 sled to a second-place time of 1:38.26. Thomas Florschuetz, Andreas Bredau, Kevin Kuske and Thomas Blaschek finished third at 1:38.36.
It was a solid outing for the Canada 3 sled driven by Justin Kripps of Summerland, B.C. The brakeman at the 2010 Olympics teamed up with James McNaughton of Newmarket, Ont., Nick Carriere, of Rockland, Ont., and Sam Giguere, of Sherbrooke, Que., to place 12th at 1:39.15.
The Canada 2 sled piloted by Calgary's Chris Spring and pushed by Tim Randall of Burlington, Ont., Saskatoon's Ben Coakwell and Edmonton's Neville Wright were 21st in their opening run and did not qualify for the second heat.Suggest a correction