Canada’s Pierre Lueders Tracks Podium at Bobsleigh World Cup
January 11, 2009
KÖNIGSSEE, Ger.—After a slow start to the season, Canada’s Pierre Lueders is slowly edging his way back to the World Cup podium.
Starting in 20th-spot due to his lower ranking this year, the Edmonton native piloted his four-man sled to an eighth-place finish after clocking a two-run time of one minute 38.28 seconds. It was the best result of the season in the four-man discipline for the 38-year-old Lueders and his crew of Ken Kotyk, of Rama, Sask., David Bissett, of Edmonton, and Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C.
“Things are getting back to normal,” said Tuffy Latour, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team. “Starting back in the draw, our goal was to get into the six-to-ninth place range and start gaining some World Cup points back. Pierre’s confidence is through the roof again. His starts are fast and so are his finish times. He is anxious to get to St. Moritz.”
The start of the season has been anything but ordinary for the legendary Canadian bobsleigh pilot who has racked up 85 World Cup medals, eight World Championship medals, and two Olympic medals during his illustrious 19-year career.
Battling a shoulder injury after a crash early in the season during training in Altenberg, Germany, Lueders has struggled to crack the top-10 in both the two- and four-man events.
Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., piloted the only other Canadian sled in Sunday’s four-man race and finished in 18th spot. Rush teamed up with Calgary’s Chirs LeBihan and Lascelles Brown, and Edmonton’s Adam Rosenke to clock a combined time of 1:38.63.
The Germans remained dominant on their home track in Königssee. Karl Angerer and his crew of Andreas Udvari, Alex Mann and Gregor Bermbach powered the German 2 sled into the winner’s circle with a time of 1:37.84.
Edwin van Calker and his crew of Arnold van Calker, Sybren Jansmal and Arno Klaasen in the Netherlands 1 sled finished second at 1:37.93.
Andre Lange joined forces with Rene Hoppe, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze in the Germany 1 sled to hold on for a tie for third with Lativa’s Janis Minins, Daumants Dneiskens, Oskars Melbardis and Intars Dambis at 1:37.94.
The Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup continues next weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
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Top-Five Men’s Four-Man Bobsleigh Results: complete results www.fibt.com
1. Karl Angerer/Andreas Udvari/Alex Mann/Gregor Bermbach, GER 2, 1:37.84; 2. Edwin van Calker/Arnold van Calker/Sybren Jansmal/Arno Klaasen, NED 1, 1:37.93; T3. Andre Lange/Rene Hoppe/ Alexander Roediger/Martin Putze, GER 1, 1:37.94; T3. Janis Minins/Daumants Dneiskens/Oskars Melbardis/Intars Dambis, LAT 1, 1:37.94; 5.
8. Pierre Lueders, Edmonton/Ken Kotyk, Rama, Sask./David Bissett, Calgary/Justin Kripps, Summerland, B.C., 1:38.28
18. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./ Chris LeBihan, Calgary/Lascelles Brown, Calgary/Adam Rosenke, Edmonton, 1:38.63
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