Bobsleigh at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Two-man

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Two-man
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
AndreLangeKevinKuskeVancouver2010.JPG
Gold medal winners
Venue Whistler Sliding Centre
Dates 20–21 February
Competitors 27 teams from 18 nations
Winning time 3:27.51
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) André Lange
Kevin Kuske
 Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Thomas Florschütz
Richard Adjei
 Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Alexandr Zubkov
Alexey Voyevoda
 Russia
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Bobsleigh at the 2010 Winter Olympics
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The two-man bobsleigh competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was held at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler, British Columbia on 20–21 February.[1] The German team of André Lange and Kevin Kuske were the defending Olympic champions in this event.[2] Switzerland's team of Ivo Rüegg and Cedric Grand were the defending world champions in this event.[3] The test event held at the Olympic venue was won by the German duo of Thomas Florschütz and Marc Kühne.[4] The last World Cup event prior to the 2010 Games took place in Igls, Austria (southeast of Innsbruck) on 23 January 2010 and was won by the Swiss duo of Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter [5] while Rüegg won the overall World Cup in the two-man event.[6]

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 6 February 2009.

Type[4] Date Team Time
Start 6 February 2009   Switzerland
Beat Hefti
Thomas Lamparter
4.70
Track 6 February 2009   Switzerland
Beat Hefti
Thomas Lamparter
51.95

Qualifying teams[edit]

On 20 January 2010, the FIBT announced that the following teams had qualified for the 2010 Games:[7][8] This was finalized on 26 January 2010.[9][10]

Three teams
Two teams
One team

Practice[edit]

Bobsleigh practice began on 17 February 2010 with the two-man event. Eight crashes among 57 runs took place that day.[11] Three crashes occurred during the 18 February 2010 two-man training session.[12][13] Among the crashes in the two-man event were Switzerland's Beat Hefti and Daniel Schmid who both withdrew from the two man event.[12] Meanwhile, Latvia's Janis Minins withdrew to appendicitis and the emergency surgery that followed on 12 February.[12][14] Minins returned to competition for the four-man event eleven days later [14] though he withdrew from the four-man event on 25 February to crashing twice during practice where one of his crews suffering a concussion and another suffering bruised lungs and elbows.[15]

Results[edit]

The first two runs took place on 20 February at 17:00 PST and 18:30 PST.[1] On 21 February, the final two runs were scheduled to take place at 13:30 PST and 14:45 PST,[1] but started at 16:00 PST for run three and 17:35 PST for run four to unseasonable warm weather.[16] Temperatures reached 10 °C (50 °F) on the afternoon of the 20th and were expected to reach 12 °C (54 °F) on the afternoon of the 21st.[16]

First run start order was released on the afternoon of 19 February 2010.[17]

Australia 2 crashed out in run 1 while Great Britain 1 was disqualified when the brakeman Money was ejected from his sled during the first run.[18] Austria 1 was disqualified for violating the total weight rule.[18] Liechtenstein 1 crashed out during the first run and finished, but did not start the second run of the event.[18]

For run 3, Bisset replace Brown in Canada 1 while Harvey replaced Ryan in Australia 1.[19] Italy 1 was disqualified in run 3 for reasons not given.[19][20] Only the top 20 teams competed in the fourth run.[21] No crashes occurred in the final two runs of the event.[20] Lange tied the track record in the third run that was sent by Florschütz in the second run.[22] The German duo of Lange and Kuske won his record fourth gold medal in bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics[22] and became the second repeat winners of the two-man event after Switzerland's Gustav Weder and Donat Acklin won the event in both 1992 and 1994.[23]

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

Rank Bib Country Athletes Run 1 [24] Run 2[25] Run 3 [19] Run 4[21] Total Behind
1st, gold medalist(s) 4  Germany (GER-1) André Lange
Kevin Kuske
51.59 51.72 51.57-TR 51.77 3:26.65
2nd, silver medalist(s) 2  Germany (GER-2) Thomas Florschütz
Richard Adjei
51.57-TR 51.85 51.62 51.83 3:26.87 +0.22
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7  Russia (RUS-1) Alexandr Zubkov
Alexey Voyevoda
51.79 52.02 51.80 51.90 3:27.51 +0.86
4 1  Switzerland (SUI-1) Ivo Rüegg
Cedric Grand
51.76 52.18 51.92 51.99 3:27.85 +1.20
5 9  Canada (CAN-2) Pierre Lueders
Jesse Lumsden
51.94 52.12 51.87 51.94 3:27.87 +1.22
6 6  United States (USA-1) Steve Holcomb
Curtis Tomasevicz
51.89 52.04 51.98 52.03 3:27.94 +1.29
7 11  Russia (RUS-2) Dmitry Abramovitch
Sergey Prudnikov
52.03 52.40 52.11 51.92 3:28.46 +1.81
8 25  Latvia (LAT-1) Edgars Maskalāns
Daumants Dreiškens
52.16 52.32 52.17 52.43 3:29.08 +2.43
9 3  Germany (GER-3) Karl Angerer
Gregor Bermbach
52.23 52.43 52.19 52.44 3:29.29 +2.64
10 8  United States (USA-2) John Napier
Steven Langton
52.28 52.45 52.31 52.36 3:29.40 +2.75
11 14  Romania (ROU-1) Nicolae Istrate
Florin Cezar Craciun
52.19 52.41 52.40 52.43 3:29.43 +2.78
12 13  United States (USA-3) Mike Kohn
Nick Cunningham
52.47 52.71 52.25 52.35 3:29.78 +3.13
13 16  Czech Republic (CZE-1) Ivo Danilevic
Jan Stoklaska
52.73 52.59 52.52 52.44 3:30.28 +3.63
14 10  Netherlands (NED-1) Edwin van Calker
Sybren Jansma
52.37 52.83 52.63 52.62 3:30.45 +3.80
15 5  Canada (CAN-1) Lyndon Rush
Lascelles Brown (Runs 1-2)
David Bissett (Runs 3-4)
51.67 54.70 51.93 52.16 3:30.46 +3.81
16 19  Poland (POL-1) Dawid Kupczyk
Marcin Niewiara
52.45 52.91 52.42 52.72 3:30.50 +3.85
17 18  Italy (ITA-2) Fabrizio Tosini
Sergio Riva
52.84 52.83 52.34 52.65 3:30.66 +4.01
18 15  Austria (AUT-2) Jürgen Loacker
Christian Hackl
52.55 52.86 52.73 52.64 3:30.78 +4.13
19 21  Monaco (MON-1) Patrice Servelle
Sébastien Gattuso
52.96 52.61 52.71 52.56 3:30.84 +4.19
20 20  Slovakia (SVK-1) Milan Jagnešák
Petr Narovec
53.18 53.16 52.73 52.99 3:32.06 +5.41
21 23  Japan (JPN-1) Hiroshi Suzuki
Ryuichi Kobayashi
53.24 53.30 53.13 2:39.67
22 17  Australia (AUS-1) Christopher Spring
Duncan Harvey (Runs 1-2)
Anthony Ryan (Run 3)
53.14 54.41 53.18 2:40.73
12  Italy (ITA-1) Simone Bertazzo
Samuele Romanini
52.33 52.88 DSQ
22  Liechtenstein (LIE-1) Michael Klingler
Thomas Dürr
56.18 DNS
27  Australia (AUS-2) Jeremy Rollestone
Duncan Pugh
DNF
26  Austria (AUT-1) Wolfgang Stampfer
Juergen Mayer
DSQ
24  Great Britain (GBR-1) John James Jackson
Dan Money
DSQ

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 2006 Winter Olympics bobsleigh two-man results. - accessed 5 November 2009.
  3. ^ FIBT World Championships 2009 bobsleigh two-man results. - accessed 5 November 2009.
  4. ^ a b Whistler Sliding Centre World Cup 6 February 2009 bobsleigh two-man results. - accessed 5 November 2009.
  5. ^ FIBT Bobsleigh World Cup Igls 23 January 2010 two-man results. - accessed 23 January 2010.
  6. ^ FIBT Bobsleigh World Cup final two-man rankings. - accessed 23 January 2010.
  7. ^ FIBT Announces Olympic Qualifying Quotas. at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (20 January 2010 article accessed 21 January 2010.)
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  9. ^ Olympic Quotas Updated After Reallocation. at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (26 January 2010 article accessed 27 January 2010.
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  15. ^ "Latvia withdraws from four-man event". - AP Yahoo! Sports 25 February 2010 article accessed 27 February 2010.
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