Lueders at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin
|Full name||Pierre Lueders|
26 September 1970 |
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||101 kg (223 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
Pierre Fritz Lueders (born 26 September 1970 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian Olympic, world and World Cup champion bobsledder who competed from 1990 to 2010. He piloted both two-man and four-man bobsleigh, retiring after the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was named to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Lueders grew up in Edmonton and went to Winterburn School for elementary and junior high. He also attended Jasper Place High School for grades 10 through 12.
Originally a decathlete, in 1989 he switched to bobsleigh on the advice of a cousin who was a sportswriter in what was then East Germany, who suggested his build was better suited to the latter sport. Beginning as a brakeman and progressing rapidly, he became a pilot by 1991 and in 1992 won the first World Cup race he entered.
A five-time Olympian, Lueders is the most decorated slider in Canadian history. He was the pilot of the Canadian two-man bobsleigh (teamed with Dave MacEachern) that won the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics (shared with Italy). This was only Canada's second ever medal in bobsleigh. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Lueders placed a disappointing fifth place finish in two-man, and ninth in four-man, causing him to take the 2002-03 season off in four-man.
In 2006, he turned down an offer to carry the Canadian flag during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, to concentrate on his races. In the two-man event he and his brakeman Lascelles Brown won silver despite having to contend with heavy snowfall.
In the Bobsleigh World Cup, Lueders won the combined men's event four times (1993-4, 1994-5, 1997-8, 2005-6), the two-man event a record six times (1993-4, 1994-5, 1996-7, 1997-8, 2002-3, 2005-6), and the four-man event once (1994-5). Pierre Lueders has won 85 career medals in the Bobsleigh World Cup.
Lueders and his brakeman Justin Kripps made the first run down the Whistler Sliding Centre, a facility built for the 2010 Winter Olympics, on 19 December 2007. Turn 7 at the Sliding Centre, "Lueders Loop", is named in his honor after he crashed out his sled during the track's homologation in March 2008, his first crash since the 2001 Goodwill Games.
In 2010, he finished 5th in the two-man bobsleigh race. He finish 5th in the four-man bobsleigh. Lueders retired after the Vancouver Games and was named as a national bobsleigh team development coach. He left the job in May 2012, saying he wanted a break from the sport after 22 years as an athlete and coach. However just over a week later Lueders was appointed head coach of the Russian national bobsleigh team that would go on to win two gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
As of 2012 Lueders resides in Calgary, Alberta with his wife, Sandra, and two daughters, Zoe and Maya. He can be seen in some commercials as well.
World Cup Championships
- "Canadian Sports Hall adds Lueders, Niedermayer, others". CBC Sports. 19 April 2012.
- Michael Farber (4 February 1998). "1998 Nagano Olympics [Preview] - Pierre Lueders". Sports Illustrated.
- Jurmain, Jeff (18 November 2008). "Lueders Leads Canada into Bobsleigh World Cup Season". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
- "Pierre Lueders leaves national bobsled team". CBC News. 24 May 2012.
- Perry, Rod (4 June 2012). "Pierre Lueders joining Russian bobsleigh team as head coach". cbc.ca. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- Bobsleigh two-man Olympic medalists 1932-56 and since 1964
- Bobsleigh two-man world championship medalists since 1931
- Bobsleigh four-man world championship medalists since 1930
- DatabaseOlympics.com profile
- "Gibson, De-La-Hunty, Lueders named Canadian coaches". International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation. (1 July 2010 article accessed 2 July 2010.)
- Pierre Lueders at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation
- List of combined men's bobsleigh World Cup champions: 1985-2007
- List of four-man bobsleigh World Cup champions since 1985
- List of two-man bobsleigh World Cup champions since 1985