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Eric Leme Walther Maleson is the founder and former president of the Brazilian Ice Sports Federation (affiliated to the Brazilian Olympic Committee in 1999). He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Maleson is Brazil's first bobsled pilot having competed at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City (4-man bobsled event), has served on the International Luge Federation (FIL) Development Committee (2002–2006), and is also a member of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation's (IBSF) Court of Arbitration (2006–2010).
Maleson was voted one of the top ten most influential sports figures in Brazil (2002) and was the first Brazilian athlete to carry the Olympic Torch during the Salt Lake City torch relay event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (December 2001).
In September 2010, Maleson was elected Vice President of Communications of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation.
He won three career bronze medals at Americas Cup bobsled races (2000, 2001, 2002).
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