| Event type

Four, Men

Date27 – 28 February 1988
LocationCanada Olympic Park, Calgary
Participants104 from 17 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 14
Length: 1475 m
Start Altitude: 1250 m
Vertical Drop: 120 m

Despite Swiss victories in the previous two FIBT World Championships the general consensus of opinion was that Wolfgang Hoppe’s East Germany I would recover from the disappointment of the two-man event and Hoppe would claim his third Olympic gold. At the halfway point the expected victory seemed a formality as the East Germans built up a sizeable lead. It was the third run that was to prove decisive and while Hoppe’s crew had a nightmare run and finished halfway down the field, Switzerland I flourished under the veteran driver Ekkehard Fasser and moved from a distant third into a clear lead by producing the fastest time of the competition. Though the GDR crew gained some time back over the final run it was not enough to deny Fasser an unlikely victory in the final event of his career.

Despite the excitement of the chase for the championship more publicity was garnered by a team that did not complete the competition. The novelty of seeing the Jamaican flag painted on the side of an Olympic bob had already caused excitement worldwide but the events of the third run helped the story to become a major news event. Coming too late out of the Kreissel curve the Jamaican bob overturned and slid down the track with the crew members’ helmets scraping the ice wall. Thankfully the team were unhurt in the accident and the sight of the quartet walking across the finish line alongside their bobsleigh was beamed to millions across the world. The Jamaican story was later picked up by Hollywood and “Cool Runnings,” a film very loosely based around the 1988 Winter Olympics, was a massive success around the world.

PosCompetitorsNOCTimeRun #1Run #2Run #3Run #4
1Switzerland 1SUI3:47.5156.83 (7)57.37 (3)55.88 (1)57.43 (4)Gold
Ekkehard FasserKurt MeierMarcel FässlerWerner Stocker
2East Germany 1GDR3:47.5856.16 (1)57.31 (2)56.77 (13)57.34 (3)Silver
Wolfgang HoppeDietmar SchauerhammerBogdan MusiolIngo Voge
3Soviet Union 2URS3:48.2656.72 (=4)57.28 (1)56.41 (=4)57.85 (7)Bronze
Jānis ĶipursGuntis OsisJuris ToneVladimir Kozlov
4United States 1USA3:48.2856.72 (=4)57.67 (8)56.69 (9)57.20 (1)
Brent RushlawHal HoyeMike WaskoBill White
5Soviet Union 1URS3:48.3556.75 (6)57.66 (7)56.70 (10)57.24 (2)
Māris PoikānsOlafs KļaviņšIvars BērzupsJuris Jaudzems
6Austria 1AUT3:48.6557.07 (11)57.40 (4)56.27 (2)57.91 (8)
Peter KienastFranz SieglChristian MarkKurt Teigl
7Austria 2AUT3:48.9556.93 (8)57.51 (5)56.41 (=4)58.10 (=13)
Ingo AppeltJosef MuiggGerhard RedlHarald Winkler
8East Germany 2GDR3:49.0657.18 (=13)57.60 (6)56.33 (3)57.95 (9)
Detlef RichterBodo FerlLudwig JahnAlexander Szelig
9Switzerland 2SUI3:49.2556.39 (2)57.91 (12)57.13 (15)57.82 (6)
Hans HiltebrandUrs FehlmannErwin FassbindAndré Kiser
10Italy 1ITA3:49.4657.20 (15)57.72 (9)56.53 (7)58.01 (10)
Alex WolfPasquale GesuitoGeorg BeikircherStefano Ticci
11West Germany 2FRG3:49.5557.02 (9)57.75 (10)56.71 (11)58.07 (12)
Toni FischerFranz NießnerUwe EisenreichChristoph Langen
12Great Britain 1GBR3:49.9057.22 (16)58.26 (17)56.86 (14)57.56 (5)
Mark ToutDavid ArmstrongLenny PaulAudley Richards
13Canada 2CAN3:49.9957.18 (=13)57.82 (11)56.67 (8)58.32 (=17)
Greg HaydenluckCal LangfordKevin TylerLloyd Guss
14West Germany 1FRG3:50.1757.58 (19)58.04 (13)56.41 (=4)58.14 (15)
Michael SperrOlaf HampelFlorian CrucigerRolf Müller
15Canada 1CAN3:50.3756.66 (3)58.05 (14)57.34 (18)58.32 (=17)
Chris LoriKen LeBlancAndrew SwimHoward Dell
16United States 2USA3:51.2357.17 (12)58.49 (=19)57.47 (19)58.10 (=13)
Brian ShimerJim HerberichMatt RoyScott Pladel
17Great Britain 2GBR3:51.2757.81 (22)58.13 (15)56.74 (12)58.59 (20)
Tom De La HuntyColin RattiganGeorge RobertsonAlec Leonce
18JapanJPN3:51.3557.36 (17)58.15 (16)57.68 (22)58.16 (16)
Takao SakaiToshio WakitaYuji YakuNaomi Takewaki
19Italy 2ITA3:51.8857.69 (20)58.65 (21)57.50 (20)58.04 (11)
Roberto D'AmicoThomas RottensteinerPaolo ScaramuzzaAndrea Meneghin
20RomaniaROU3:51.8957.41 (18)58.49 (=19)57.64 (21)58.35 (19)
Csaba Nagy LakatosGrigore AnghelFlorian OlteanuCostel Petrariu
21New ZealandNZL3:52.3757.98 (23)58.42 (18)57.30 (17)58.67 (=21)
Lex PetersonBlair TelfordRhys DacrePeter Henry
22Chinese TaipeiTPE3:52.7557.03 (10)58.94 (23)57.98 (23)58.80 (23)
Chen Chin-SanChen Chin-SenLee Chen-TanWang Jauo-Hueyi
23AustraliaAUS3:53.3458.20 (25)58.87 (22)57.25 (16)59.02 (24)
Adrian Di PiazzaMartin HarlandSimon DoddStephen Craig
24BulgariaBUL3:53.6657.72 (21)59.07 (24)58.20 (24)58.67 (=21)
Tsvetozar ViktorovPlamen StamovNikolay BotevAleksandar Simeonov
25PortugalPOR3:55.5058.42 (26)59.67 (26)58.28 (25)59.13 (25)
António ReisJoão PoupadaJoão PiresRogério Bernardes
DQJamaicaJAM58.04 (24)59.37 (25)1:03.19 (26)– (DQ)
Dudley StokesDevon HarrisMichael WhiteChris Stokes