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Two, Men

Date20 – 21 February 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationCanada Olympic Park, Calgary (Bobsleigh/Luge Track)
Participants82 from 23 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 14
Length: 1475 m
Start Altitude: 1250 m
Vertical Drop: 120 m

Although the 1987 World Championships had seen Swiss success on home ice in St. Moritz it was East Germany and particularly defending Olympic champion Wolfgang Hoppe who entered the Games as a clear favourite. Hoppe did in fact lead after the first run but his hopes of retaining the title were ruined in the controversial second run. Seeding of the top fifteen crews had not yet been introduced at the Olympics and by the time East Germany I competed the track was in less than perfect condition. Some of the top crews, including the GDR and the half way leaders from the Soviet Union filed a protest and asked for the results of the first day to be set aside. Their arguments centered on the fact that strong winds had blown dust and dirt onto the track and had left the track in a condition which was unfair to later runners. Hoppe had a strong case to say that the time he lost on the difficult second run had a material effect on the result as he dropped a second and a quarter on that run to the Soviet gold medallists. The Soviets won the title only by three quarters of a second. Hoppe was also critical of the novice crews that littered the event and complained that the damage to the track caused by inexperienced drivers had also had an effect on the performance of other teams.

The winner of the Soviet Union’s one and only Olympic bobsleigh title, Jānis Ķipurs, was a Latvian whose bob was painted in Latvian national colours. Four years later he would carry the Latvian flag in the opening ceremony in Albertville. A record number of 41 teams from 23 countries slid down the Calgary track with a number of unlikely countries fielding sleds. Oceanian representation came from Australia and New Zealand and the first teams appeared from the Caribbean. Mexico’s two sled contingent was populated by a family of four brothers whilst Prince Albert of Monaco piloted his nation’s first entry. The US Virgin Islands number one bob were the last of the thirty-eight finishers but it is worth noting that their team consisted of fifty-year-old John Reeve and John Foster who turned fifty a week after the Games ended.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
126Soviet Union IURS3:53.4857.43 (4)58.05 (1)59.52 (2)58.48 (2)Gold
Jānis ĶipursVladimir Kozlov
28East Germany IGDR3:54.1957.06 (1)59.26 (8)59.45 (1)58.42 (1)Silver
Wolfgang HoppeBogdan Musiol
328East Germany IIGDR3:54.6457.65 (7)58.67 (2)59.59 (4)58.73 (3)Bronze
Bernhard LehmannMario Hoyer
427Switzerland IISUI3:56.0658.01 (11)58.88 (3)1:00.12 (8)59.05 (5)
Gustav WederDonat Acklin
52Austria IAUT3:56.4957.22 (2)59.83 (12)1:00.00 (5)59.44 (9)
Ingo AppeltHarald Winkler
637Switzerland ISUI3:56.5258.74 (21)59.21 (7)59.55 (3)59.02 (4)
Hans HiltebrandAndré Kiser
718West Germany IFRG3:56.6257.58 (6)59.70 (10)1:00.06 (6)59.28 (=7)
Toni FischerChristoph Langen
822Austria IIAUT3:56.9158.19 (13)58.96 (4)1:00.48 (12)59.28 (=7)
Peter KienastChristian Mark
924Soviet Union IIURS3:56.9257.95 (10)59.12 (6)1:00.72 (14)59.13 (6)
Zintis EkmanisAivars Trops
105Canada ICAN3:56.9757.36 (3)59.90 (13)1:00.11 (7)59.60 (12)
Greg HaydenluckLloyd Guss
113West Germany IIFRG3:57.8457.47 (5)1:00.09 (16)1:00.42 (11)59.86 (14)
Michael SperrRolf Müller
1214Great Britain IGBR3:58.0157.83 (=8)59.77 (11)1:00.91 (15)59.50 (10)
Tom De La HuntyAlec Leonce
1334Canada IICAN3:58.1958.56 (18)59.08 (5)1:00.55 (13)1:00.00 (16)
David LeutyKevin Tyler
1413Sweden SWE3:59.0958.40 (16)59.99 (14)1:00.99 (=17)59.71 (13)
Per-Anders PerssonRolf Åkerström
156Chinese Taipei ITPE3:59.1157.83 (=8)1:00.22 (19)1:00.99 (=17)1:00.07 (18)
Chen Chin-SanLee Chen-Tan
1638United States IIUSA3:59.3459.37 (29)1:00.06 (15)1:00.34 (10)59.57 (11)
Matt RoyJim Herberich
1740Italy IITA3:59.3559.35 (28)59.65 (9)1:00.32 (9)1:00.03 (17)
Alex WolfGeorg Beikircher
1810Great Britain IIGBR3:59.3958.10 (12)1:00.31 (20)1:01.11 (20)59.87 (15)
Mark ToutDavid Armstrong
1920Italy IIITA4:00.1458.25 (14)1:00.60 (24)1:01.08 (19)1:00.21 (19)
Ivo FerrianiStefano Ticci
=2012New Zealand INZL4:01.0458.65 (20)1:00.87 (29)1:01.25 (22)1:00.27 (21)
Lex PetersonPeter Henry
=2011Japan IIJPN4:01.0458.57 (19)1:00.58 (23)1:01.51 (25)1:00.38 (22)
Yuji YakuToshio Wakita
2217Bulgaria IBUL4:01.1758.82 (22)1:00.74 (26)1:01.35 (23)1:00.26 (20)
Tsvetozar ViktorovAleksandar Simeonov
2325Australia IIAUS4:01.2359.21 (26)1:00.15 (18)1:01.38 (24)1:00.49 (24)
Angus StuartMartin Harland
2416Romania IROU4:02.0258.83 (23)1:00.82 (28)1:01.75 (28)1:00.62 (25)
Csaba Nagy LakatosCostel Petrariu
251Monaco MON4:02.4758.48 (17)1:00.93 (30)1:01.64 (27)1:01.42 (32)
Albert, Prince GrimaldiGilbert Bessi
2635Australia IAUS4:02.611:00.03 (33)1:00.94 (31)1:01.23 (21)1:00.41 (23)
Adrian Di PiazzaSimon Dodd
279Romania IIROU4:02.8058.85 (24)1:01.00 (33)1:01.81 (29)1:01.14 (28)
Dorin DeganGrigore Anghel
2823Yugoslavia YUG4:03.5059.63 (31)1:00.70 (25)1:02.28 (35)1:00.89 (26)
Borislav VujadinovićMiro Pandurević
2921Netherlands Antilles AHO4:03.7359.60 (30)1:00.78 (27)1:01.95 (32)1:01.40 (31)
Bart Carpentier AltingBart Drechsel
3033Jamaica JAM4:03.861:00.20 (34)1:00.56 (22)1:01.87 (31)1:01.23 (30)
Dudley StokesMichael White
3141New Zealand IINZL4:04.161:00.37 (35)1:00.95 (32)1:01.62 (26)1:01.22 (29)
Owen PinnellBlair Telford
3219Bulgaria IIBUL4:04.8159.68 (32)1:01.44 (34)1:02.05 (33)1:01.64 (33)
Todor TodorovNikolay Botev
334Chinese Taipei IITPE4:05.0659.25 (27)1:01.54 (35)1:02.26 (34)1:02.01 (35)
Sun Kuang-MingChen Chin-Sen
3439Portugal IPOR4:05.151:00.72 (36)1:01.59 (36)1:01.86 (30)1:00.98 (27)
Antonio ReisJoão Poupada
3529United States Virgin Islands IIISV4:09.091:01.05 (37)1:02.70 (39)1:03.42 (36)1:01.92 (34)
Harvey HookChris Sharpless
3636Mexico IMEX4:10.081:01.58 (40)1:02.39 (38)1:03.44 (37)1:02.67 (36)
Jorge TamésJosé Tamés
3730Mexico IIMEX4:10.091:01.56 (39)1:01.84 (37)1:03.76 (38)1:02.93 (38)
Roberto TamésLuis Adrián Tamés
3815United States Virgin Islands IISV4:11.011:01.11 (38)1:03.06 (40)1:04.14 (39)1:02.70 (37)
John ReeveJohn Foster, Sr.
AC31United States IUSA59.01 (25)1:00.13 (17)1:00.96 (16)– (DNS)DNF
Brent RushlawMike Aljoe
AC32Portugal IIPOR1:02.85 (41)1:03.18 (41)1:05.19 (40)– (DNS)DNF
Jorge MagalhãesJoão Pires
AC7Japan IJPN58.32 (15)1:00.39 (21)– (AC)DNF
Takao SakaiNaomi Takewaki