Bobsleigh at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Four-man

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Four-man
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
USA-1 4 man bobsleigh team with gold medals at 2010 Winter Olympics 2010-02-27.jpg
Gold medal winners
Venue Whistler Sliding Centre
Dates 26–27 February
Competitors 25 teams from 17 nations
Winning time 3:24.46
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Canada
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Bobsleigh at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Bobsleigh pictogram.svg
Two   men   women
Four   men  

The four-man bobsleigh competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, was held at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler, British Columbia, on 26–27 February.[1] The German team of André Lange, René Hoppe, Kevin Kuske, and Martin Putze were the defending Olympic champion in this event.[2] America's team of Steve Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler, and Curtis Tomasevicz were the defending world champions in this event.[3] The test event was won by the Latvian team of Jānis Miņins, Daumants Dreiškens, Oskars Melbardis, and Intars Dambis.[4] The last World Cup event prior to the 2010 Games place took place in Igls, Austria (southeast of Innsbruck) on 24 January 2010 and was won by the German team of Lange, Hoppe, Kuske, and Putze.[5] Holcomb of the United States won both the four-man[6] and the combined World Cups.[7]

Records[edit]

While the IOC does not consider bobsled times eligible for Olympic records, the FIBT does maintain records for both the start and a complete run at each track it competes.

The start and track records were set at the test event for the 2010 Games on 7 February 2009.

Type[4] Date Team Time
Start 7 February 2009  United States
Steve Holcomb
Justin Olsen
Steve Mesler
Curtis Tomasevicz
4.76
Track 7 February 2009  Latvia
Jānis Miņins
Daumants Dreiškens
Oskars Melbardis
Intars Dambis
50.97

Qualifying teams[edit]

On 20 January 2010, the FIBT announced that the following teams had qualified for the 2010 Games:[8][9] This was finalized on 26 January 2010.[10][11]

Three teams
Two teams
One team

Practice[edit]

Supplemental training was offered on 19 February 2010 to both the two-woman and four-man bobsleigh events out of caution and further preparation for both events that would take place the following week.[12]

Minor changes were made to the track on 22 February 2010 after bobsleigh four-man teams from Latvia and Croatia rolled over in supplementary training.[13] Following a meeting with 11 team captains, training runs were postponed by the FIBT until later that day to adjust the shape of turn 11 so it would be easier for sleds to get through the rest of the track without crashing.[13] FIBT spokesman Don Krone stated that "...some drivers have been experiencing difficulties transitioning from turn 11 to turn 12."[13] As a result, Krone stated that "The FIBT track commission, in conjunction with VANOC and with advice from a number of team captains, are working on the shape of turn 11 to make it easier for drivers to get high enough on 11 to turn 12 so that they can successfully make it through turn 13."[13] Krone also stated that it was common that the profile of corners were changed when it was being used by other sliding disciplines (luge and skeleton).[13]

After track alterations were done on 23 February 2010, the two fastest four-man times were done by Germany's Lange and the United States' Holcomb.[14] Australia withdrew its four-man team on 23 February 2010 to two of its crew members, Duncan Harvey and Duncan Pugh, suffering concussions. Australia chef de mission Ian Chesterman stated that the decision was not taken lightly and was done on the side of safety.[15] Meanwhile, Latvia's Janis Minins returned to practice on the 23rd in the wake of the emergency surgery on 12 February in the wake of an appendicitis attack.[16] Minis withdrew from the four-man event two days later to crashing twice during practice where one of his crews suffering a concussion and another suffering bruised lungs and elbows.[17]

Lange had the fastest practice times on the 24th with the final two practices taking place on the 25th.[18] That same day, Australia withdrew to injuries to Harvey and Pugh of Australia while Edwin van Calker of the Netherlands withdrew due to a lack of confidence of driving the four-man sled during the event.[18] This was also despite no crashes during four-man training had taken place prior to the 24th.[18] The Dutch team supported van Calker's decision on this.[18]

During practice American bobsledder Bill Schuffenhauer was detained by police on 25 February, in the wake of an argument with his fiance, but he was later released for reasons not disclosed by Canadian authorities. Schuffenhauer competed in the four-man event for Mike Kohn's USA-3 sled.[19] USA-3 finished 13th.[20]

Results[edit]

The first two runs took place on 26 February at 13:00 PST and 14:45 PST.[1] On 27 February, the final two runs took place at 13:00 PST and 14:40 PST.[1]

Defending world champion Holcomb posted the fastest track times in the first two runs while defending Olympic champion Lange had the fastest start times in the first two runs.[21] Russia-2 driven by Zubkov, the defending four-man silver medalist and bronze medalist in the two-man event at these games, crashed out in the first run when one of his steering ropes broke.[21] Austria-1 and Slovakia-1 also crashed out in the first run, and neither sled started the second run, nor did Russia-2.[21] Second run crashes involved USA-2, Great Britain-1, and Japan-1.[21] USA-2 did not participate in the 3rd run of the event.[22] Lange, the defending Olympic champion, also had the fastest two start times in the final two runs and the fastest track time in the final run while Holcomb had the fastest track time in the third run.[23] Rush was second after three runs, but Lange's fastest track time in the fourth heat allowed the German, with Rödiger replacing Hoppe, to beat the Canadian by 0.01 seconds to win silver.[23] In the final race of his career, Lange did not win a gold medal in an Olympic bobsledding event.[23] It was the first gold medal for the U.S. men in bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics since Francis Tyler's four-man win at St. Moritz in 1948.[23]

In attendance was former NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine, 1986 Daytona 500 winner and co-founder of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, who watched one of his sleds driven by Holcomb ("Night Train") win the gold medal.[24] The first Bo-Dyn sleds debuted at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer though it would take eight more years in Salt Lake City before the Americans medaled.[24] Bodine expressed his satisfaction with the project prior to the start of the four-man event.[24]

TR = Track Record. Top finish in each run is in boldface.

Rank Bib Country Athletes Run 1[25] Run 2[26] Run 3[22] Run 4[20] Total Behind
1st 1 United States (USA-1) Steve Holcomb
Steve Mesler
Curtis Tomasevicz
Justin Olsen
50.89-TR 50.86-TR 51.19 51.52 3:24.46 +0.00
2nd 2 Germany (GER-1) André Lange
Kevin Kuske
Alexander Rödiger
Martin Putze
51.14 51.05 51.29 51.36 3:24.84 +0.38
3rd 7 Canada (CAN-1) Lyndon Rush
David Bissett
Lascelles Brown
Chris le Bihan
51.12 51.03 51.24 51.46 3:24.85 +0.39
4 4 Germany (GER-2) Thomas Florschütz
Ronny Listner
Andreas Barucha
Richard Adjei
51.14 51.36 51.45 51.63 3:25.58 +1.12
5 10 Canada (CAN-2) Pierre Lueders
Justin Kripps
Neville Wright
Jesse Lumsden
51.27 51.29 51.50 51.54 3:25.60 +1.14
6 5 Switzerland (SUI-1) Ivo Rüegg
Thomas Lamparter
Cedric Grand
Beat Hefti
51.31 51.13 51.70 51.57 3:25.71 +1.25
7 6 Germany (GER-3) Karl Angerer
Andreas Bredau
Alex Mann
Gregor Bermbach
51.18 51.41 51.70 51.77 3:26.06 +1.60
8 11 Russia (RUS-3) Yevgeni Popov
Alexey Kireev
Denis Moiseychenkov
Andrey Yurkov
51.49 51.16 51.67 51.81 3:26.13 +1.67
9 19 Italy (ITA-1) Simone Bertazzo
Danilo Santarsiero
Samuele Romanini
Mirko Turri
51.57 51.38 51.62 51.68 3:26.25 +1.79
9 8 Russia (RUS-1) Dmitry Abramovitch
Roman Oreshnikov
Sergey Prudnikov
Dmitriy Stepushkin
51.32 51.40 51.78 51.75 3:26.25 +1.79
11 12 Latvia (LAT-2) Edgars Maskalāns
Mihails Arhipovs
Raivis Broks
Pāvels Tulubjevs
51.60 51.42 51.85 51.78 3:26.65 +2.19
12 15 Czech Republic (CZE-1) Ivo Danilevič
Jan Kobián
Jan Stokláska
Dominik Suchý
51.54 51.72 51.76 51.96 3:26.98 +2.52
13 13 United States (USA-3) Mike Kohn
Nick Cunningham
Jamie Moriarty
Bill Schuffenhauer
51.69 51.42 52.10 52.11 3:27.32 +2.86
14 16 Poland (POL-1) Dawid Kupczyk
Michał Zblewski
Paweł Mróz
Marcin Niewiara
51.94 51.96 52.35 52.28 3:28.53 +4.07
15 14 Romania (ROU-1) Nicolae Istrate
Ioan Danut Dovalciuc
Ionut Andrei
Florin Cezar Craciun
52.05 52.00 52.34 52.50 3:28.89 +4.43
16 25 Czech Republic (CZE-2) Jan Vrba
Martin Bohmann
Ondřej Kozlovský
Miloš Veselý
52.00 52.09 52.43 52.61 3:29.13 +4.67
17 20 Great Britain (GBR-1) John James Jackson
Allyn Condon
Dan Money
Henry Odili Nwume
51.53 54.29 52.24 52.15 3:30.21 +5.75
18 24 Serbia (SRB-1) Vuk Rađenović
Miloš Savić
Igor Šarcevic
Slobodan Matijević
52.37 52.40 52.84 52.74 3:30.35 +5.89
19 22 South Korea (KOR-1) Kang Kwang-Bae
Lee Jinhee
Kim Donghyun
Kim Jung-Su
52.76 52.53 52.92 52.92 3:31.13 +6.67
20 21 Croatia (CRO-1) Ivan Šola
Igor Marić
Slaven Krajačić
Mate Mezulić (Runs 1-2)
András Haklits (Runs 3-4)
52.58 52.69 53.15 53.11 3:31.53 +7.07
21 23 Japan (JPN-1) Hiroshi Suzuki
Ryuichi Kobayashi
Shinji Doigawa
Masaru Miyauchi
52.09 54.16 52.53
2:38.78
3 United States (USA-2) John Napier
Christopher Fogt
Steven Langton
Charles Berkeley
51.30 53.41 DNS
9 Russia (RUS-2) Alexandr Zubkov
Filipp Yegorov
Petr Moiseev
Dmitry Trunenkov
52.52 DNS
17 Austria (AUT-1) Wolfgang Stampfer
Christian Hackl
Juergen Mayer
Johannes Wipplinger
53.64 DNS
18 Slovakia (SVK-1) Milan Jagnešák
Marcel Lopuchovský
Petr Narovec
Martin Tešovič
55.25 DNS
- Australia (AUS-1) Jeremy Rolleston
Duncan Harvey
Duncan Pugh
Anthony Ryan
DNS
- Latvia (LAT-1) Jānis Miņins
Daumants Dreiškens
Oskars Melbārdis
Intars Dambis
DNS
- Liechtenstein (LIE-1) Michael Klingler
Jürgen Berginz
Thomas Dürr
Richard Wunder
DNS
- Netherlands (NED-1) Edwin van Calker
Sybren Jansma
Arnold van Calker
Timothy Beck
DNS
- Switzerland (SUI-2) Daniel Schmid
Alex Baumann
Roman Handschin
Christian Aebli
DNS

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 2006 Winter Olympics bobsleigh four-man results. Accessed 6 November 2009.
  3. ^ FIBT World Championships 2009 bobsleigh four-man results. Accessed 6 November 2009.
  4. ^ a b Whistler Sliding Centre World Cup 7 February 2009 bobsleigh four-man results. Accessed 6 November 2009.
  5. ^ FIBT Bobsleigh World Cup Igls 24 January 2010 four-man results. Accessed 24 January 2010.
  6. ^ FIBT Bobsleigh World Cup final four-man rankings. Accessed 24 January 2010.
  7. ^ FIBT Bobsleigh World Cup final combined men's rankings. Accessed 24 January 2010.
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