Pierre Lueders Ends Golden Week With Eighth-Place Finish in Four-Man at World Cup

January 18, 2009

ST. MORITZ, Sui.—Canada’s Pierre Lueders finished eighth in a four-man bobsleigh race to end the strongest week of his season in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Sunday.


The 38-year-old Edmonton pilot, who drove to his 27th and 28th two-man World Cup victories this week, clocked a two-run time two minutes 11.10 seconds. Lueders crew included Ken Kotyk, of Rama, Sask., David Bissett, of Edmonton, and Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C.


“The four-man races have been a little wonky this year,” said Lueders earlier in the week. “Many of the guys who have been winning in the two-man have not done so well in the four-man races for whatever reason. But we’ll see what happens.”


That was certainly the case again on Sunday.


But Alexsandr Zubkov had little trouble with the longest and only naturally-iced track in the world, driving the Russia 1 sled to the top of the podium. Zubkov and his crew of Roman Oreshnikov, Dmitry Trunekov, and Dmitry Stepushkin crushed the field with a time of 2:10.48.


Thomas Florschütz teamed up with Marc Kuehne, Andreas Barucha and Alexander Metzger in the Germany 3 sled to finish in the silver-medal position at 2:10.79. Karl Angerer, Andreas Udvari, Thomas Poege and Gregor Bermbach rounded out the podium in the Germany 2 sled after posting a time of 2:10.81.


Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., piloted the only other Canadian sled in the field. Rush and his crew of Rob Gray, of North Delta, B.C., along with Calgarians Chris Le Bihan and Lascelles Brown clocked-in at 1:06.60 in the first run and did not qualify for the second heat with the top-20.


Canada’s bobsleigh athletes will now return home to prepare for the World Cup in Whistler, B.C. February 2-8, 2009.


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Top-Five Men’s Bobsleigh Results: complete results

1. Alexsandr Zubkov/Roman Oreshnikov/Dmitry Trunekov/Dmitry Stepushkin, RUS 1, 2:10.48; 2. Thomas Florschütz/Marc Kuehne/Andreas Barucha/Alexander Metzger, GER 3, 2:10.79; 3. Karl Angerer/ Andreas Udvari/Thomas Poege/Gregor Bermbach, GER 2, 2:10.81; 4. Wolfgang Stampfer/Johannes Wipplinger/Gerhard Koehler/Martin Lachkovics, AUT 1, 2:10.82; 5. Todd Hays/T.J. Burns/Alex Sprague/Bill Shuffenhauer, USA 1, 2:10.85.


Canadian Results:

8. Pierre Lueders, Edmonton/Rob Gray, North Delta, B.C./David Bissett, Edmoton/Justin Kripps, Summerland, B.C., 2:11.10; 23. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Rob Gray, North Delta, B.C./Chris Le Bihan, Calgary/Lascelles Brown, Calgary, DNQ for second run.



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