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Two, Men

Date4 – 5 February 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationMount Teine Bobsleigh Course, Mount Teine
Participants42 from 11 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 14
Length: 1563 m
Start Altitude: 495 m
Vertical Drop: 70 m

The title of world champion had changed hands at each championship since 1968. Firstly De Zordo of Italy then Floth of West Germany and finally, in 1971, Italian Gianfranco Gaspari had claimed the world crown but in hindsight the most important clue to Olympic form happened just a few weeks before the Games began. On January 14 in St. Moritz the two German crews dominated the European Championship with Wolfgang Zimmerer and Peter Utzschneider narrowly defeating compatriots Floth and Bader for the gold medal.

At Sapporo Zimmerer put in two spectacular performances on his first two runs and was virtually assured of the gold medal by the end of the first day. After a disappointing first day West Germany I driven by Horst Floth recovered to place ahead of Switzerland for silver for a repeat of the European Championship placings. At their first attempt at the Games Japan I finished a respectable fifteenth and ahead of crews from USA, Canada and Great Britain.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
14West Germany IIFRG4:57.071:14.81 (1)1:14.56 (1)1:13.51 (1)1:14.19 (4)Gold
Wolfgang ZimmererPeter Utzschneider
26West Germany IFRG4:58.841:16.04 (5)1:15.38 (4)1:14.35 (6)1:13.07 (1)Silver
Horst FlothPepi Bader
39Switzerland ISUI4:59.331:15.61 (2)1:15.36 (3)1:14.36 (7)1:14.00 (3)Bronze
Jean WickiEdy Hubacher
411Italy IITA5:00.451:15.62 (3)1:16.52 (7)1:13.71 (2)1:14.60 (7)
Gianfranco GaspariMario Armano
57Romania IROU5:00.531:16.50 (7)1:15.31 (2)1:14.04 (3)1:14.68 (9)
Ion PanțuruIon Zangor
68Sweden SWE5:01.401:16.68 (9)1:16.81 (10)1:14.08 (4)1:13.83 (2)
Carl-Erik ErikssonJan Johansson
715Switzerland IISUI5:01.441:15.89 (4)1:16.84 (11)1:14.38 (8)1:14.33 (5)
Hans CandrianHeinz Schenker
817Austria IAUT5:01.601:16.48 (6)1:16.34 (5)1:14.44 (9)1:14.34 (6)
Herbert GruberJosef Oberhauser
913France IFRA5:03.461:16.66 (8)1:17.17 (14)1:14.53 (10)1:15.10 (12)
Patrick ParisotAlain Roy
1010Italy IIITA5:03.661:17.20 (12)1:16.77 (9)1:14.23 (5)1:15.46 (14)
Enzo VicarioCorrado Dal Fabbro
112France IIFRA5:04.191:17.08 (11)1:17.25 (17)1:14.81 (12)1:15.05 (11)
Gérard Christaud-PipolaJacques Christaud-Pipola
125Romania IIROU5:04.891:17.98 (14)1:17.00 (13)1:14.67 (11)1:15.24 (13)
Dragoș Panaitescu-RapanDumitru Focșeneanu
1318Austria IIAUT5:05.351:16.99 (10)1:17.91 (18)1:15.84 (20)1:14.61 (8)
Werner Delle KarthFritz Sperling
1412Canada IICAN5:05.701:18.49 (18)1:16.70 (8)1:14.90 (13)1:15.61 (15)
Bob StoreyMichael Hartley
1519Japan IJPN5:06.591:18.13 (=16)1:16.43 (6)1:15.17 (14)1:16.86 (18)
Susumu EsashikaKazumi Abe
1621United States IUSA5:06.621:18.13 (=16)1:16.93 (12)1:15.52 (15)1:16.04 (16)
Paul LameyHoward Siler, Jr.
1720Great Britain IIGBR5:06.961:18.09 (15)1:18.18 (19)1:15.71 (18)1:14.98 (10)
John HammondBill Sweet
1814Canada ICAN5:08.901:18.82 (20)1:18.36 (20)1:15.66 (17)1:16.06 (17)
Hans GehrigAndrew Faulds
193United States IIUSA5:08.941:17.34 (13)1:17.23 (=15)1:16.66 (21)1:17.71 (20)
Bob SaidTom Becker
2016Great Britain IGBR5:09.011:18.60 (19)1:17.23 (=15)1:15.80 (19)1:17.38 (19)
John EvelynPeter Clifford
211Japan IIJPN5:11.911:18.98 (21)1:18.46 (21)1:15.63 (16)1:18.84 (21)
Akihiko SuzukiRikio Sato