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Four, Men

Date26 – 27 February 2010
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Sliding Centre, Whistler
Participants101 from 17 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement. Only the best 20 teams contest the final run.
Venue detailsCurves: 16
Length: 1450 m
Start Altitude: 928 m
Vertical Drop: 148 m

The top performers of the 2009-2010 season had been the USA I crew piloted by Steve Holcomb and the German crew of André Lange. The Americans, 2009’s world champions, arrived at Vancouver as World Cup winners having dominated the first half of the season whilst Lange had swept the last four races of the series. The Latvian crew who placed between the USA and Germany in the standings did not compete in Vancouver as driver Jānis Miņins had his appendix removed shortly before the Olympics began. Lyndon Rush driving Canada I, the only other victor of the year’s World Cup besides Lange and Holcomb, was also expected to be a force to reckon with in his home country.

Arguments over the course came to the fore again as the Netherlands crew pulled out of the event prior to the start citing issues over safety after the van Calker brothers had withdrawn from the team due to a crisis of confidence whilst Australia were forced to withdraw as they had simply ran out of athletes fit enough to compete. Nevertheless the event went ahead, and was dominated by the United States I crew driven by Steve Holcomb, who had the fastest time on each of the first three runs. Lyndon Rush, driving the Canada I bobsleigh was in second in each of the first three runs, and the Germany I bobsleigh, driven by Two Man bobsleigh gold medallist André Lange, was third in each of the first three runs. However, on the last run, Germany I put in a tremendous time, the fastest of the run. This put pressure on the Canadian crew and, although theirs was the second fastest time, their combined time of 3:24.85 was just 0.01 seconds behind Lange’s crew. Holcomb was only third fastest on the final run, but still maintained his overall lead to win by 0.38 seconds. Interestingly this was the first time Lange and his team mate Kevin Kuske had not won the gold medal when entering an Olympic bobsleigh event!

Holcomb’s USA I bob was a distinctive sight in the bobsleigh world. With a distinctive jet black paint job the bob and crew had become known as the “Night Train” and had even cashed in with a range of merchandising based around this image. Their victory was the first by a male American crew since the long ago days of the first post-war Winter Games in 1948. Holcomb’s victory was more remarkable as in 2007-08 he was having progressive loss of vision and was threatened with blindness due to a condition called keratoconus. It led him to contemplate suicide but a surgery restored his vision.

In addition to a large number of accidents during training five teams crashed during competition though thankfully no serious injuries were caused.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
11United States IUSA3:24.4650.89 (1)50.86 (1)51.19 (1)51.52 (3)Gold
Steve HolcombSteve MeslerCurt TomaseviczJustin Olsen
22Germany IGER3:24.8451.14 (=3)51.05 (3)51.29 (3)51.36 (1)Silver
André LangeKevin KuskeAlexander RödigerMartin Putze
37Canada ICAN3:24.8551.12 (2)51.03 (2)51.24 (2)51.46 (2)Bronze
Lyndon RushDavid BissettLascelles BrownChris le Bihan
44Germany IIGER3:25.5851.14 (=3)51.36 (7)51.45 (4)51.63 (6)
Thomas FlorschützRonny ListnerAndreas BaruchaRichy Adjei
510Canada IICAN3:25.6051.27 (6)51.29 (6)51.50 (5)51.54 (4)
Pierre LuedersJustin KrippsNeville WrightJesse Lumsden
65Switzerland SUI3:25.7151.31 (8)51.13 (4)51.70 (=8)51.57 (5)
Ivo RüeggThomas LamparterCédric GrandBeat Hefti
76Germany IIIGER3:26.0651.18 (5)51.41 (10)51.70 (=8)51.77 (9)
Karl AngererAndreas BredauAlex MannGregor Bermbach
811Russian Federation IIIRUS3:26.1351.49 (10)51.16 (5)51.67 (7)51.81 (11)
Yevgeny PopovDenis MoiseychenkovAndrey YurkovAleksey Kireyev
=919Russian Federation IRUS3:26.2551.32 (9)51.40 (9)51.78 (11)51.75 (8)
Dmitry AbramovichRoman OreshnikovDmitry StyopushkinSergey Prudnikov
=98Italy ITA3:26.2551.57 (13)51.38 (8)51.62 (6)51.68 (7)
Simone BertazzoDanilo SantarsieroSamuele RomaniniMirko Turri
1112Latvia LAT3:26.6551.60 (14)51.42 (=11)51.85 (12)51.78 (10)
Edgars MaskalānsMihails ArhipovsRaivis BroksPāvels Tulubjevs
1215Czech Republic ICZE3:26.9851.54 (12)51.72 (13)51.76 (10)51.96 (12)
Ivo DanilevičJan KobiánJan StokláskaDominik Suchý
1313United States IIIUSA3:27.3251.69 (15)51.42 (=11)52.10 (13)52.11 (13)
Mike KohnNick CunninghamJamie MoriartyBill Schuffenhauer
1416Poland POL3:28.5351.94 (16)51.96 (14)52.35 (16)52.28 (14)
Dawid KupczykMichał ZblewskiPaweł MrózMarcin Niewiara
1514Romania ROU3:28.8952.05 (18)52.00 (15)52.34 (15)52.50 (15)
Nicolae IstrateIoan DovalciucIonuț AndreiFlorin Crăciun
1625Czech Republic IICZE3:29.1352.00 (17)52.09 (16)52.43 (17)52.61 (16)
Jan VrbaMartin BohmanOndřej KozlovskýMiloš Veselý
1720Great Britain GBR3:30.2151.53 (11)54.29 (22)52.24 (14)52.15 (20)
John JacksonAllyn CondonDan MoneyHenry Nwume
1824Serbia SRB3:30.3552.37 (20)52.40 (17)52.84 (19)52.74 (17)
Vuk RađenovićMiloš SavićIgor ŠarčevićSlobodan Matijević
1922Republic of Korea KOR3:31.1352.76 (23)52.53 (18)52.92 (20)52.92 (18)
Gang Gwang-BaeLee Jin-HuiKim Dong-HyeonKim Jeong-Su
2021Croatia CRO3:31.5352.58 (22)52.69 (19)53.15 (21)53.11 (19)
Ivan ŠolaIgor MarićSlaven KrajačićAndraš HaklićMate Mezulić
2123Japan JPN2:38.7852.09 (19)54.16 (21)52.53 (18)
Hiroshi SuzukiRyuichi KobayashiShinji DoigawaMasaru Miyauchi
AC18Slovakia SVK55.25 (25)– (DNS)DNF
Milan JagnešákMarcel LopuchovskýPetr NarovecMartin Tešovič
AC17Austria AUT53.64 (24)– (DNS)DNF
Wolfgang StampferChristian HacklJürgen MayerJohannes Wipplinger
AC9Russian Federation IIRUS52.52 (21)– (DNS)DNF
Aleksandr ZubkovFilipp YegorovDmitry TrunenkovPyotr Moiseyev
AC3United States IIUSA51.30 (7)53.41 (20)– (DNS)DNF
John NapierChris FogtSteve LangtonChuck Berkeley