PIERRE LUEDERS CAPS OFF SEASON WITH 10TH-PLACE FOUR-MAN FINISH AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 1, 2009
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Edmonton’s Pierre Lueders completed the season with a 10th-place finish in the men’s four-man race at the 2009 Bobsleigh World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Sunday.
Lueders and his crew of Ken Kotyk, of Rama, Sask., David Bissett, of Edmonton, and Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C. clocked a four-run time of three minutes 39.53 seconds over the last two days.
Lueders’ best finish in the four-man came three weeks ago when he was fourth at the World Cup in Whistler, B.C. The 38-year-old also slid to the podium three times in two-man races, winning two back-to-back golds in St. Moritz, Switzerland and a bronze at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., piloted the Canada 2 sled to a 12th-place finish. Rush and his crew of Rob Gray, of North Delta, B.C., along with Calgary’s Chris Le Bihan and Lascelles Brown teamed up to post a time of 3:39.85.
American Steven Holcomb drove to a convincing four-man victory on Sunday, ending a 50-year gold medal drought for the United States at the World Championships.
Holcomb, who has been dominant all season long in the four-man, teamed up with Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz to clock a winning time of 3:36.61.
Andre Lange drove the Germany 2 sled to a second place finish at 3:37.58. Lange’s crew included Alexander Roediger, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putze. Latvia stole the final spot on the podium with Janis Minins driving to a time of 3:37.61. The Latvian sled also consisted of Daumants Dneiskens, Oskars Melbardis and Intars Dambis.
The Canadian team will hold their national championships at the Whistler Sliding Centre, March 21-22, 2009.
FOR COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fibt.com