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Two, Men

Date14 – 15 February 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationBob sleighbanen, Frognerseter, Oslo
Participants36 from 9 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 13
Length: 1508 m
Start Altitude: 429 m
Vertical Drop: 124 m

Whilst Switzerland and the USA had swept the medals at the 1949 and 1950 World Championships, the return to international competition of Germany in 1951 had brought a new threat to the established crews. At the 1951 Worlds the German pair of pilot Anderl Ostler and brakeman Lorenz Niebert became champion at their first attempt and emerged as new favourites for the Olympic title. The duo, who had originally been rivals before teaming up, set a blistering pace on the first of the four Olympic runs and built a lead of 1¼ seconds. Although their next three runs were not as fast they were still fastest on every run and finished nearly three seconds ahead of the second place Americans with the veteran Fritz Feierabend steering Switzerland into third. The German victory was achieved despite the use of a bob that had been manufactured in 1936.

The 1948 champion, Felix Endrich, finished fourth in Oslo but regained the world title the following year in Garmisch. A week later he was killed instantly at the same track when his four man bob left the circuit and struck a tree.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
111Germany IGER5:24.541:20.76 (1)1:21.64 (1)1:21.02 (1)1:21.12 (1)Gold
Anderl OstlerLorenz Nieberl
218United States IUSA5:26.891:22.03 (2)1:22.12 (2)1:21.21 (2)1:21.53 (3)Silver
Stan BenhamPat Martin
38Switzerland ISUI5:27.711:22.13 (4)1:22.46 (4)1:21.67 (3)1:21.45 (2)Bronze
Fritz FeierabendStephan Waser
412Switzerland IISUI5:29.151:22.14 (5)1:22.32 (3)1:22.50 (4)1:22.19 (4)
Felix EndrichWerner Spring
54France IIFRA5:31.981:23.22 (6)1:23.06 (5)1:22.85 (5)1:22.85 (6)
André RobinHenri Rivière
65Belgium IBEL5:32.511:22.09 (3)1:23.69 (6)1:22.94 (6)1:23.79 (7)
Marcel LeclefAlbert Casteleyns
79United States IIUSA5:33.821:23.46 (7)1:24.48 (8)1:23.15 (7)1:22.73 (5)
Fred Fortune, Jr.Hank Whisher 1
815Sweden ISWE5:35.771:24.30 (11)1:23.92 (7)1:23.46 (8)1:24.09 (9)
Olle AxelsonJan de Man Lapidoth
917Austria IAUT5:37.041:24.16 (10)1:24.54 (9)1:24.00 (9)1:24.34 (11)
Karl WagnerFranz Eckhardt
101Italy IIITA5:37.221:23.86 (=8)1:24.71 (10)1:24.03 (10)1:24.62 (13)
Alberto Della BeffaDario Colombi
116Germany IIGER5:38.251:24.43 (12)1:25.22 (13)1:24.52 (13)1:24.08 (8)
Theo KittFritz Kuhn
1210Italy IITA5:38.361:23.86 (=8)1:25.26 (14)1:24.80 (14)1:24.44 (12)
Uberto GillarduzziLuigi Cavalieri
1313Norway INOR5:38.411:24.52 (13)1:24.77 (11)1:24.24 (12)1:24.88 (14)
Arne HolstKåre Christiansen
143Norway IINOR5:39.621:26.33 (15)1:24.82 (12)1:24.23 (11)1:24.24 (10)
Erik TandbergJames Hayden
1516Sweden IISWE5:42.821:25.76 (14)1:25.84 (15)1:25.65 (15)1:25.57 (15)
Kjell HolmströmNils Landgren
162Austria IIAUT5:53.861:30.27 (18)1:28.30 (16)1:27.78 (16)1:27.51 (16)
Heinz HoppichlerWilfried Thurner
177France IFRA5:55.311:29.68 (17)1:28.84 (17)1:28.71 (17)1:28.08 (17)
Robert GuillardJoseph Chatelus
1814Belgium IIBEL5:58.281:29.49 (16)1:29.00 (18)1:29.29 (18)1:30.50 (18)
Charles De SorgherAndré De Wulf