Team Lueders Fights Way into Sixth Spot at World Cup Four-Man Bobsleigh Race

January 17, 2010

ST. MORITZ, Sui.—Canada’s Pierre Lueders continued to drive his way closer back to the international podium with a sixth-place finish on Sunday in a World Cup four-man race at St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The 39-year-old Lueders and his crew of Jesse Lumsden and Neville Wright, of Edmonton, along with Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., fought their way into a tie for sixth spot after posting a time of 2:10.85.  

“The team did very well today and are definitely on the upswing with this positive result,” said Tuffy Latour, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team. “The starts were great today, and Team Lueders continues to get better and better each race. The goal is to peak at the Olympics and they will be ready.”

Team Lueders was the latest to get hit with the flu bug that is flying its way through the Canadian Bobsleigh Team. Justin Kripss was the latest victim up all night fighting the flu.

Andre Lange piloted his crew of Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putze to the gold medal in Germany 1 with a time of 2:10.13.

Karl Angerer, Alex Mann, Andreas Bredau and Gregor Bermbach teamed up to claim the silver in the Germany 3 sled at 2:10.38.

Alexsandr Zubkov, Philipp Egorov, Dmitry Trunenkov and Petr Moiseev rounded out the podium in Russia 2, clocking-in at 2:10.48.

Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., who won the two-man race Saturday in St. Moritz, did not qualify for the second run on Sunday after finishing 25th at 1:06.40. Rush’s crew included Calgarians Chris Le Bihan, Dan Humphries and Lascelles Brown.

The final World Cup race before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will take place next week in Igls, Austria.

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Top-Five Men’s Four-Man Bobsleigh Results:
1. Lange/Hoppe/Kuske/Putze, GER 1, 2:10.13; 2. Angerer/Mann/Bredau/Bermbach, GER 3, 2:10.38; 3. Zubkov/Egorov/Trunenkov/Moiseev, RUS 2, 2:10.48; 4. Holcomb/Olsen/Mesler/Tomasevicz, USA 1, 2:10.58; 5. Rueegg/Handschin/Lamparter/Bloechliger, SUI 1, 2:10.84
Other Canadian Results:
6. Lueders, Edmonton/ Lumsden, Edmonton/Wright, Edmonton/Kripps, Summerland, B.C., CAN 2, 2:10.85; 25. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Le Bihan, Calgary/Humphries, Calgary/Brown, Calgary, DNQ.

Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton
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