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Two, Men

Date16 – 17 February 2002
StatusOlympic
LocationUtah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah (Bobsleigh/Skeleton/Luge Track)
Participants75 from 27 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 15
Length: 1340 m
Start Altitude: 2233 m
Vertical Drop: 104 m

Germany’s Christophe Langen entered the Olympic year as the world champion in both the two-man and four-man event. His main rivals for the title were Nagano champion Pierre Leuders of Canada, the two World Cup winning Swiss sleds of Martin Annen (2001) and Christian Reich (2000) and the fast improving USA I bob driven by Todd Hays who enjoyed home advantage on the Park City track. Langen, who had won everything the sport had to offer except the Olympic two-man title, had not contested all of the season’s World Cup races but had shown sparkling form in those in which he had raced, with three wins and a second place from his four outings.

The first blow was struck by Reich in Switzerland I when he opened a tiny advantage of 0.02 of a second ahead of Langen in the first run with Switzerland II the same margin behind the Germans in third. As the second Swiss bob slipped a bit further back with each run, the gap between the two leaders closed by a hundredth on both the second and third runs until the two teams were absolutely level with only the final run to go. Langen and last-minute substitute brakeman Markus Zimmerman could not match the Swiss start times throughout the competition and the final run was no exception. The Swiss advantage was a clear one at the top of the run but Langen’s driving made up for the relatively poor start and he gradually gained the time required to clinch gold. At the finish he was 0.09 faster than Reich on the final run and in the overall standings. The second string Swiss crew denied the home crowd an American medal by finishing just 0.03 ahead of USA I with defending champion Leuders of Canada back in fifth.

The fastest starts of the entire event were set by the Jamaican crew of Winston Watt and brakeman Lascelles Brown. By 2006 Brown had changed nations and partnered Leuders in the Canadian bob.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
13Germany IGER3:10.1147.54 (2)47.52 (1)47.44 (1)47.61 (1)Gold
Christoph LangenMarkus Zimmermann
210Switzerland ISUI3:10.2047.52 (1)47.53 (2)47.45 (2)47.70 (4)Silver
Steve AnderhubChristian Reich
35Switzerland IISUI3:10.6247.56 (3)47.64 (3)47.73 (7)47.69 (3)Bronze
Martin AnnenBeat Hefti
48United States IUSA3:10.6547.71 (5)47.70 (=5)47.61 (=3)47.63 (2)
Todd HaysGarrett Hines
51Canada ICAN3:10.7347.67 (4)47.70 (=5)47.65 (5)47.71 (5)
Pierre LuedersGiulio Zardo
64Germany IIGER3:10.8447.77 (6)47.69 (4)47.61 (=3)47.77 (7)
Franz SagmeisterRené Spies
76Austria AUT3:11.1647.91 (8)47.78 (7)47.72 (6)47.75 (6)
Martin SchützenauerWolfgang Stampfer
82Italy IITA3:11.6447.84 (7)47.88 (8)47.92 (8)48.00 (9)
Günther HuberAntonio Tartaglia
913United States IIUSA3:11.9347.92 (9)47.99 (9)48.07 (11)47.95 (8)
Brian ShimerDarrin Steele
1011Great Britain IGBR3:12.2748.04 (=10)48.16 (=13)48.05 (10)48.02 (10)
Marcus AdamLee Johnston
=1118Italy IIITA3:12.6048.04 (=10)48.16 (=13)48.03 (9)48.37 (20)
Cristian La GrassaFabrizio Tosini
=1115Latvia ILAT3:12.6048.10 (13)48.06 (12)48.08 (12)48.36 (=18)
Sandis PrūsisMārcis Rullis
=1317France FRA3:12.6848.23 (17)48.03 (=10)48.27 (17)48.15 (12)
Emmanuel HostacheBruno Mingeon
=1323Latvia IILAT3:12.6848.07 (12)48.22 (18)48.14 (13)48.25 (15)
Intars DīcmanisGatis Gūts
1519Russian Federation IIRUS3:12.7148.12 (14)48.18 (16)48.22 (15)48.19 (14)
Pyotr MakarchukYevgeny Popov
=1632Czech Republic IICZE3:13.0848.19 (15)48.28 (20)48.35 (=18)48.26 (16)
Ivo DanilevičRoman Gomola
=1620Netherlands NED3:13.0848.26 (18)48.23 (19)48.26 (16)48.33 (17)
Arend GlasMarcel Welten
189Russian Federation IRUS3:13.0948.71 (29)48.16 (=13)48.15 (14)48.07 (11)
Dmitry StyopushkinAleksandr Zubkov
1912Czech Republic ICZE3:13.1048.22 (16)48.03 (=10)48.35 (=18)48.50 (=21)
Jan KobiánPavel Puškár
2016Norway NOR3:13.1848.34 (19)48.21 (17)48.46 (21)48.17 (13)
Arnfinn KristiansenBjarne Røyland
2129Japan IJPN3:13.9648.41 (=21)48.61 (27)48.58 (24)48.36 (=18)
Masanori InoueHiroshi Suzuki
=2224Great Britain IIGBR3:14.1248.44 (23)48.46 (22)48.72 (=26)48.50 (=21)
Colin BryceNeil Scarisbrick
=2214Monaco MON3:14.1248.37 (20)48.56 (25)48.43 (20)48.76 (=27)
Sébastien GattusoPatrice Servelle
247Canada IICAN3:14.1648.41 (=21)48.50 (23)48.55 (23)48.70 (=24)
Yannick MorinJohn Sokolowski
2525Romania ROU3:14.4348.52 (26)48.51 (24)48.65 (25)48.75 (26)
Adrian DuminicelFlorian Enache
2630Ireland IRL3:14.4748.50 (25)48.95 (29)48.51 (22)48.51 (23)
Peter DonohoePaul Kiernan
2726New Zealand NZL3:14.9048.46 (24)48.36 (21)48.72 (=26)49.36 (32)
Mark EdmondAlan Henderson
2836Jamaica JAM3:14.9448.59 (27)48.58 (26)49.01 (28)48.76 (=27)
Lascelles BrownWinston Watts
2922Japan IIJPN3:15.0948.61 (28)48.70 (28)49.08 (29)48.70 (=24)
Shinji MiuraHiroaki Ohishi
3038Slovakia SVK3:16.1149.00 (30)48.96 (30)49.28 (30)48.87 (29)
Milan JagnešákRóbert Kresťanko
3131Greece GRE3:16.6649.03 (31)49.06 (31)49.60 (32)48.97 (30)
John-Andrew KambanisIoannis Leivaditis
3235Bulgaria BUL3:18.0249.77 (36)49.35 (32)49.48 (31)49.42 (33)
Miroslav DanovStefan Vasilev
3327Armenia ARM3:18.1149.53 (33)49.50 (34)49.75 (33)49.33 (31)
Yorgo AlexandrouDan Janjigian
3421Ukraine UKR3:18.4249.47 (32)49.43 (33)49.77 (34)49.75 (35)
Oleksandr IvanyshynOleksandr Streltsov
3528Mexico MEX3:19.1149.57 (34)49.65 (35)50.07 (36)49.82 (36)
Roberto LauderdaleRoberto Tamés
3634United States Virgin Islands ISV3:19.4449.81 (37)49.76 (36)49.86 (35)50.01 (37)
Quinn WheelerZachary Zoller
3737Trinidad and Tobago TTO3:20.1849.74 (35)50.07 (37)50.68 (37)49.69 (34)
Andrew McNeillyErrol AguileraGregory Sun
DNS33Puerto Rico PUR– (DNS)1
Mike GonzalesManuel Repollet