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Four, Men

Date24 – 26 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationCesana Pariol
Participants101 from 18 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement. Only the best 20 teams contest the final run.
Venue detailsCurves: 19
Length: 1435 m
Start Altitude: 1683 m
Vertical Drop: 114 m

André Lange’s Germany I crew entered this event as overwhelming favourites. Not only had Lange piloted three successive World Championship winning sleds and had won the World Cup title in 2004 and 2005, but just a week earlier he had proved his form by taking the Olympic two-man title. If any real challenge was to come to Lange then that challenge was expected from either his teammate René Spies’ Germany II sled or the improving Russian outfit driven by Aleksandr Zubkov. Canada, Switzerland and the USA were also expected to challenge for the minor medals.

On the first three runs Germany I lived up to their billing and posted the fastest time on all three runs - but never by more than a tenth of a second. Zubkov’s Russian sled did claw back time on the final run but it was not close to being enough to deny Lange the title and the rare distinction of the two-man / four-man double.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
18Germany IGER3:40.4255.20 (1)55.30 (1)54.80 (1)55.12 (2)Gold
André LangeRené HoppeKevin KuskeMartin Putze
26Russian Federation IRUS3:40.5555.22 (2)55.45 (4)54.87 (2)55.01 (1)Silver
Aleksandr ZubkovFilipp YegorovAleksey SeliverstovAleksey Voyevoda
39Switzerland ISUI3:40.8355.26 (3)55.37 (2)55.00 (5)55.20 (=4)Bronze
Martin AnnenThomas LamparterBeat HeftiCédric Grand
42Canada ICAN3:40.9255.34 (4)55.43 (3)54.95 (4)55.20 (=4)
Pierre LuedersKen KotykMorgan AlexanderLascelles Brown
510Germany IIGER3:41.0455.47 (7)55.48 (5)54.91 (3)55.18 (3)
René SpiesChristoph HeyderEnrico KühnAlexander Metzger
64United States IIUSA3:41.3655.46 (6)55.50 (6)55.14 (7)55.26 (6)
Steve HolcombCurt TomaseviczBill SchuffenhauerLorenzo Smith, III
71United States IUSA3:41.4455.43 (5)55.56 (7)55.04 (6)55.41 (10)
Todd HaysPavle JovanovicSteve MeslerBrock Kreitzburg
85Switzerland IISUI3:41.8055.65 (9)55.63 (9)55.22 (9)55.30 (7)
Ivo RüeggAndi GeesRoman HandschinChristian Aebli
97Russian Federation IIRUS3:41.9355.87 (13)55.57 (8)55.16 (8)55.33 (9)
Yevgeny PopovSergey GolubyovPyotr MakarchukDmitry Styopushkin
1016Latvia ILAT3:42.5955.88 (14)55.69 (10)55.51 (11)55.51 (=12)
Jānis MiņinsDaumants DreiškensMārcis RullisJānis Ozols
1118Italy IIITA3:42.6155.80 (11)55.73 (11)55.57 (12)55.51 (=12)
Fabrizio TosiniLuca OttolinoAntonio De SanctisGiorgio Morbidelli
123Italy IITA3:42.8455.63 (8)56.13 (=18)55.46 (10)55.62 (18)
Simone BertazzoSamuele RomaniniMatteo TorchioOmar Sacco
1322Austria AUT3:42.8655.77 (10)55.83 (=13)55.73 (15)55.53 (15)
Wolfgang StampferKlaus SeelosJürgen LoackerHans-Peter Welz
1415Czech Republic CZE3:42.9755.92 (16)55.83 (=13)55.66 (13)55.56 (16)
Ivo DanilevičRadek ŘechkaRoman GomolaJan Kobián
1511Poland POL3:43.0255.89 (15)55.79 (12)55.85 (17)55.49 (11)
Dawid KupczykMichał ZblewskiMariusz LatkowskiMarcin Płacheta
1612Netherlands NED3:43.1955.82 (12)56.08 (=16)55.78 (16)55.51 (=12)
Arend GlasVincent KortbeekSybren JansmaArno Klaassen
1713Great Britain GBR3:43.3856.06 (17)56.07 (15)55.93 (19)55.32 (8)
Lee JohnstonMartin WrightKarl JohnstonDan Humphries
1820Canada IICAN3:43.5256.10 (19)56.15 (20)55.69 (14)55.58 (17)
Serge DespresNathan CunninghamSteve LarsenDavid Bissett
1921France FRA3:43.7556.09 (18)56.08 (=16)55.87 (18)55.71 (19)
Bruno MingeonChristophe FouquetPierre-Alain MenneronAlexandre Vanhoutte
2014Slovakia SVK3:44.6656.29 (20)56.13 (=18)56.26 (21)55.98 (20)
Milan JagnešákViktor RájekAndrej BendaRóbert Kresťanko
2123Latvia IILAT2:49.0156.34 (21)56.54 (21)56.13 (20)
Mihails ArhipovsIntars DīcmanisMāris BogdanovsReinis Rozītis
2217Romania ROU2:49.7256.61 (22)56.70 (23)56.41 (22)
Nicolae IstrateAdrian DuminicelGabriel PopaIoan Dovalciuc
2319Croatia CRO2:49.7556.67 (23)56.57 (22)56.51 (24)
Ivan ŠolaSlaven KrajačićDejan VojnovićAlek OsmanovićJuraj Grabušić
2425Hungary HUN2:50.1756.99 (24)56.73 (24)56.45 (23)
Márton GyulaiZsolt KürtösiTamás MarglBertalan Pintér
2524Brazil BRA2:58.941:00.31 (25)58.51 (25)1:00.12 (25)
Ricardo RaschiniMárcio SilvaClaudinei da SilvaEdson Bindilatti
DNS26New Zealand NZL– (DNS)1
Alan HendersonAaron OrangiSteve HarrisonMatt Dallow