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Four, Men

Date22 – 23 February 2002
StatusOlympic
LocationUtah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah (Bobsleigh/Skeleton/Luge Track)
Participants135 from 26 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 arrived in Utah as holder of both the Olympic title from Nagano and as the reigning FIBT World Champion. His compatriot André Lange, who would pilot Germany II at the Winter Games, was the 2000-01 World Cup winner and had already fought off fierce competition just to make the German team. Also expected to show at Park City were the Swiss and Latvian crews. American hopes, their strongest in decades, were in the hands of Texan Todd Hays who had shown consistent speed over the preceding World Cup races.

After a dramatic first day Hays’ USA I held an advantage over the field of a tenth of a second and hopes were high of a first US victory in this event since 1948. Germany I pulled out before the start of the third run after Langen had suffered a foot injury and was unable to continue but the strength of German bobsledding was not to be denied. Andre Lange, piloting Germany II put in a blistering third run which was to prove decisive in their challenge for the Olympic title. Switzerland I had also overhauled USA I during the course of the third run but the margin between the two teams was not yet decisive at just 0.02 of a second. With Germany II safe in the gold medal position the attention shifted to the other medal positions. Brian Shimer and USA II had moved steadily up the leader board into fourth position and, with track conditions deteriorating on the final run, he set the early benchmark time. USA I could not match their team-mates time but had just enough time in hand to hold on to their positions. The same was not true of the Swiss and Martin Annen’s sled dropped from second to fourth which confirmed a shock medal for the second USA sled and the fact that two American crews would reach the podium for the first time since 1932.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
18Germany IIGER3:07.5146.71 (=2)46.64 (3)46.84 (1)47.32 (2)Gold
André LangeEnrico KühnKevin KuskeCarsten Embach
210United States IUSA3:07.8146.65 (1)46.61 (1)47.22 (4)47.33 (3)Silver
Todd HaysRandy JonesBill SchuffenhauerGarrett Hines
320United States IIUSA3:07.8646.83 (5)46.82 (=5)46.98 (2)47.23 (1)Bronze
Brian ShimerMike KohnDoug SharpDan Steele
45Switzerland ISUI3:07.9546.72 (4)46.63 (2)47.11 (3)47.49 (4)
Martin AnnenSilvio SchaufelbergerBeat HeftiCédric Grand
51France IFRA3:08.5646.92 (8)46.86 (7)47.25 (5)47.53 (5)
Bruno MingeonÉric Le ChanonyChristophe FouquetAlexandre Arbez
67Switzerland IISUI3:08.5946.71 (=2)46.93 (8)47.33 (6)47.62 (8)
Christian ReichSteve AnderhubGuido AcklinUrs Aeberhard
712Latvia ILAT3:09.0646.99 (=9)46.82 (=5)47.60 (14)47.65 (9)
Sandis PrūsisMārcis RullisJānis SilarājsJānis Ozols
83Russian Federation IRUS3:09.1547.14 (15)46.98 (10)47.45 (10)47.58 (6)
Yevgeny PopovPyotr MakarchukSergey GolubyovDmitry Styopushkin
916Canada CAN3:09.1747.12 (14)46.97 (9)47.41 (=7)47.67 (11)
Pierre LuedersKen LeBlancGiulio ZardoPascal Caron
102France IIFRA3:09.2046.88 (6)47.03 (12)47.47 (11)47.82 (13)
Bruno ThomasMichel AndréThibault GiroudPhilippe Paviot
1119Great Britain IGBR3:09.3747.09 (13)47.05 (13)47.44 (9)47.79 (12)
Neil ScarisbrickScott RiderPhil GoedluckDean Ward
1221Latvia IILAT3:09.4446.99 (=9)46.99 (11)47.80 (16)47.66 (10)
Gatis GūtsIntars DīcmanisMāris RozentālsGunārs Bumbulis
136Austria AUT3:09.5747.19 (17)47.27 (18)47.51 (12)47.60 (7)
Wolfgang StampferMichael MüllerKlaus SeelosMartin Schützenauer
1418Great Britain IIGBR3:09.7747.06 (12)47.32 (19)47.41 (=7)47.98 (16)
Lee JohnstonPhil HarriesDave McCallaPaul Attwood
1517Czech Republic CZE3:09.9347.23 (19)47.17 (15)47.58 (13)47.95 (14)
Pavel PuškárMilan StudničkaPeter KondrátIvo DanilevičJan Kobián
1611Russian Federation IIRUS3:10.1547.26 (20)47.09 (14)47.76 (15)48.04 (17)
Aleksandr ZubkovAleksey SeliverstovFilipp YegorovAleksey Andryunin
179Netherlands NED3:10.3847.15 (16)47.18 (=16)47.82 (17)48.23 (21)
Arend GlasArnold van CalkerTimothy BeckMarcel Welten
1822Poland POL3:10.7347.22 (18)47.48 (22)47.93 (20)48.10 (18)
Tomasz ŻyłaDawid KupczykKrzysztof SieńkoTomasz Gatka
1914Italy ITA3:10.9647.48 (21)47.40 (20)48.11 (21)47.97 (15)
Fabrizio TosiniAndrea Pais de LiberaMassimiliano RotaGiona Cividino
2013Japan JPN3:11.1747.65 (23)47.46 (21)47.92 (19)48.14 (19)
Hiroshi SuzukiShinji MiuraShinji DoigawaMasanori Inoue
2126Romania ROU3:11.6647.59 (22)47.66 (23)48.19 (22)48.22 (20)
Florian EnacheAdrian DuminicelIulian PăcioianuTeodor Demetriad
2228Ukraine UKR3:13.7748.03 (26)48.09 (26)48.76 (23)48.89 (23)
Oleh PolyvachBohdan ZamostianykOleksandr IvanyshynYuriy Zhuravskiy
2333Hungary HUN3:14.5548.26 (27)48.18 (27)49.03 (25)49.08 (25)
Nicholas FranklMárton GyulaiPéter PallaiBertalan PintérZsolt Zsombor
2430Slovakia SVK3:15.4247.80 (24)47.88 (24)51.10 (29)48.64 (22)
Milan JagnešákBraňo PrieložnýMarián VanderkaRóbert Kresťanko
2527Serbia and Montenegro SCG3:15.5548.66 (28)48.79 (30)48.97 (24)49.13 (26)
Boris RađenovićDalibor ĐurđićRašo VucinićVuk Rađenović
2629Croatia CRO3:16.1448.84 (29)48.45 (28)49.17 (26)49.68 (=28)
Ivan ŠolaBoris LovrićÐulijano KoludraNiki Drpić
2732Brazil BRA3:16.7348.91 (31)48.76 (29)49.44 (27)49.62 (27)
Eric MalesonMatheus InocêncioEdson BindilattiCristiano Rogério Paes
2824Monaco MON3:17.1947.82 (25)48.02 (25)52.44 (30)48.91 (24)
Albert, Prince GrimaldiCharles OulaSébastien GattusoPatrice ServelleJean-François Calmes
2923Chinese Taipei TPE3:17.7648.86 (30)49.19 (31)50.03 (28)49.68 (=28)
Chen Chin-SanChen Chien-LiLin Ruei-MingChen Chien-Sheng
AC15Norway NOR47.02 (11)47.18 (=16)47.84 (18)– (AC)DQ1
Arnfinn KristiansenOle Christian StrømbergBjarne RøylandMariusz Musial
AC4Germany IGER46.91 (7)46.77 (4)– (DNS)DNF
Christoph LangenMarkus ZimmermannFranz SagmeisterStefan Barucha
AC25New Zealand NZL50.67 (32)– (DNS)DNF
Alan HendersonSteve HarrisonAngus RossMark Edmond
AC31United States Virgin Islands ISV51.36 (33)– (DNS)DNF
Keith SudziarskiPaul ZarChristian BrownMike Savitch