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Two, Men

Date14 – 15 February 1998
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Spiral, Asakawa, Nagano
Participants76 from 24 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 15
Length: 1360 m
Start Altitude: 1028 m
Vertical Drop: 113 m

Christoph Langen of Germany had, with various partners, won three successive world titles between 1993 and 1996 but had missed a medal in 1997 in St. Moritz. The reigning world champions were the Swiss team of Reto Götschi and Guido Acklin but there was no shortage of possible title challengers. Canadian Pierre Leuders and Günther Huber of Italy had impressed over the World Cup season and both American and Latvian crews had high hopes.

The pattern for the competition was set in the first run with Italy and Canada jostling for the gold medal position. This continued for the next two runs and at the start of the final run Canada were just three hundredths of a second behind their Italian rivals. Pierre Leuders’ final run was slightly faster than Günther Huber’s and when the clock stopped at the finish line he had made up exactly that deficit and no more. This was not the first time that two crews had dead-heated for first place in Olympic competition but the tie-breaker rule which had decided the winners of the 1968 two man event had been abandoned by 1998 and the two crews shared the gold medal.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
=13Italy IITA3:37.2454.51 (1)54.29 (2)54.17 (3)54.27 (2)Gold
Günther HuberAntonio Tartaglia
=15Canada ICAN3:37.2454.56 (2)54.28 (1)54.16 (2)54.24 (1)Gold
Pierre LuedersDave MacEachern
38Germany IGER3:37.8954.82 (7)54.62 (6)54.11 (1)54.34 (3)Bronze
Christoph LangenMarkus Zimmermann
415Switzerland IISUI3:38.1554.73 (4)54.56 (4)54.32 (5)54.54 (=7)
Christian ReichCédric Grand
59Latvia ILAT3:38.2454.91 (=10)54.52 (3)54.29 (4)54.52 (6)
Sandis PrūsisJānis Elsiņš
67Switzerland ISUI3:38.2754.71 (3)54.77 (12)54.44 (7)54.35 (4)
Reto GötschiGuido Acklin
76United States IIUSA3:38.5354.91 (=10)54.70 (9)54.46 (=8)54.46 (5)
Jim HerberichBob Olesen
814Czech Republic IICZE3:38.5954.99 (12)54.60 (5)54.46 (=8)54.54 (=7)
Pavel PuškárJan Kobián
91France IFRA3:38.6254.80 (6)54.65 (7)54.55 (10)54.62 (10)
Bruno MingeonEmmanuel Hostache
1010United States IUSA3:38.7554.88 (9)54.79 (=13)54.42 (6)54.66 (11)
Brian ShimerGarrett Hines
112Germany IIGER3:38.8854.83 (8)54.66 (8)54.63 (11)54.76 (13)
Dirk WieseMarco Jakobs
124Canada IICAN3:38.9854.76 (5)54.72 (10)54.71 (12)54.79 (14)
Chris LoriJack Pyc
1320France IIFRA3:39.3155.25 (15)54.75 (11)54.73 (13)54.58 (9)
Éric AlardÉric Le Chanony
1413Italy IIITA3:39.6155.07 (13)54.79 (=13)54.80 (14)54.95 (15)
Fabrizio TosiniEnrico Costa
1518Great Britain IGBR3:39.9455.24 (14)55.12 (18)54.85 (16)54.73 (12)
Sean OlssonLenny Paul
1617Russian Federation IRUS3:40.3155.41 (19)55.09 (15)54.84 (15)54.97 (17)
Pavel ShcheglovskyKonstantin Dyomin
1716Japan IJPN3:40.7155.31 (17)55.24 (20)55.20 (20)54.96 (16)
Naomi TakewakiHiroaki Ohishi
1819Latvia IILAT3:40.7555.34 (18)55.25 (21)55.06 (17)55.10 (20)
Rodžers LodziņšMāris Rozentāls
1921Japan IIJPN3:40.8055.47 (=20)55.10 (16)55.19 (19)55.04 (19)
Hiroshi SuzukiMasanori Inoue
2026Great Britain IIGBR3:40.8855.51 (22)55.19 (19)55.16 (18)55.02 (18)
Lee JohnstonEric Sekwalor
2127Russian Federation IIRUS3:41.4655.53 (23)55.37 (23)55.25 (21)55.31 (=21)
Yevgeny PopovOleg Petrov
2225Australia AUS3:41.6055.56 (24)55.47 (24)55.26 (22)55.31 (=21)
Jason GiobbiAdam Barclay
2332Ukraine UKR3:41.8255.47 (=20)55.36 (22)55.52 (23)55.47 (23)
Yuriy PanchukOleh Polyvach
2428Monaco MON3:43.5455.89 (25)55.86 (=25)55.92 (25)55.87 (=25)
Gilbert BessiJean-François Calmes
2524Romania IROU3:43.6656.38 (29)56.10 (28)55.54 (24)55.64 (24)
Paul NeaguGabriel Tătaru
2636Romania IIROU3:43.7356.03 (26)55.86 (=25)55.97 (26)55.87 (=25)
Florian EnacheMihai Dumitrașcu
2730Ireland IIRL3:44.3256.32 (28)56.05 (27)55.99 (27)55.96 (27)
Jeff PamplinTerry McHugh
2823New Zealand NZL3:44.6656.29 (27)56.28 (29)56.12 (28)55.97 (28)
Alan HendersonAngus Ross
2929Jamaica JAM3:45.7456.56 (30)56.52 (30)56.36 (30)56.30 (29)
Devon HarrisMichael Morgan
3022Greece GRE3:46.5756.62 (31)57.13 (36)56.45 (31)56.37 (31)
Greg SebaldJohn-Andrew Kambanis
3139Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH3:46.6157.36 (38)56.62 (31)56.32 (29)56.31 (30)
Zoran SokolovićOgnjen Sokolović
3231Trinidad and Tobago TTO3:46.6556.74 (32)56.78 (32)56.73 (35)56.40 (32)
Gregory SunCurtis Harry
3334United States Virgin Islands IISV3:47.2056.77 (33)56.90 (34)56.71 (=33)56.82 (34)
Zachary ZollerJeff Kromenhoek
3438Chinese Taipei TPE3:47.3456.84 (34)56.86 (33)56.71 (=33)56.93 (35)
Sun Kuang-MingCheng Jin-Shan
3537Ireland IIIRL3:47.4557.03 (35)57.26 (37)56.57 (32)56.59 (33)
Peter DonohoeSimon Linscheid
3635United States Virgin Islands IIISV3:48.3157.06 (36)57.10 (35)56.96 (36)57.19 (36)
Keith SudziarskiTodd Schultz
AC33Puerto Rico PUR57.35 (37)57.69 (AC)DQ1
John Amabile, Jr.Joe Keosseian
AC11Czech Republic ICZE55.30 (16)55.11 (17)– (DNS)DNF
Jiří DzmuraPavel Polomský
DNS12Austria AUT– (DNS)
Hubert SchösserGeorg Kuttner