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Bobsleigh Results

Three bobsleigh events were competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics, at the Cesana Pariol venue. The competition took place between February 18 and February 25, 2006. Approximately 7,130 spectators were expected by the organizing committee.

The events used a newly built track measuring 1435 metres with 19 curves, a vertical change of 114 metres, and an approximate top speed of 130 kilometres per hour.

Olympic bobsleigh is governed by the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation.

Medal table

Pos. Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Germany 3 0 0 3
2 Canada 0 1 0 1
Russia 0 1 0 1
United States 0 1 0 1
5 Switzerland 0 0 2 2
6 Italy 0 0 1 1

 

Qualification

All entries must have been submitted to the organizing commmittee by 30 January 2006.

The qualification was based on the results of pilots, with other members of a bobsleigh crew being selected by their National Olympic Committees. In the two man event, the top 22 pilots from the World Cup 2005-2006 season, the top 4 from the European Challenge Cup, and the top 2 from the North American Challenge Cup all qualified, subject to limits on number of crews per NOC. The four man event qualification was identical except that the World Cup season qualifies only 20 pilots. The two woman event allowed the top 15 pilots from the World Cup 2005-2006 season. NOCs may not have selected other pilots than those who were within the qualifying limits, though if more than two pilots have qualified the selection was made by each individual NOC.

The host nation is guaranteed at least one crew in each event. In addition, all five of the Olympic continents must be represented, with at least one crew in a men's event and one crew in the two woman event. Each nation is limited to two bobs in each event.

Bobsleigh has a minimum age of 18 by the opening date of the Games for competitors.

Events

Competitions comprised four heats. Teams raced in the first and third heats in the order of the draw. The second heat was raced in order of ranking after the first heat, and the fourth heat is raced in order of the ranking after the first three heats. Total time for the four heats determined the final rank.

Two Man event

The two man event was held on 18 February 2006 (runs 1 and 2) and 19 February 2006 (runs 3 and 4).

Medal Athlete Time
Gold  André Lange / Kevin Kuske (GER) 3:43.38
Silver  Pierre Lueders / Lascelles Brown (CAN) 3:43.59
Bronze  Martin Annen / Beat Hefti (SUI) 3:43.73

When qualifications were concluded on 15 January 2006, the following pilots were in positions that will qualify them for the two-man event[1] [2] [3].

  •  Australia
    • Jeremy Rolleston
  •  Austria
    • Wolfgang Stampler
    • Jürgen Loacker
  • Canada
    • Pierre Lueders
    • Serge Despres
  • Czech Republic
    • Ivo Danilevic
  •  France
    • Bruno Mingeon
  • Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    • Lee Johnston
    • Dan Humphreys
  • Germany
    • Matthias Höpfner
    • Andre Lange
  • Hungary
    • Marton Gyulai
  • Italy
    • Fabrizio Tosini
    • Simone Bertazzo
  • Latvia
    • Janis Minins
    • Gatis Guts
  • Netherlands
    • Arend Glas
  • New Zealand
    • Alan Henderson
  • Romania
    • Nicolae Istrate
    • Mihai Iliescu
  • Russia
    • Alexandr Zoubkov
    • Evgeni Popov
  • Slovakia
    • Milan Jagnesak
  • Switzerland
    • Martin Annen
    • Ivo Rüegg
  • United States
    • Two from the following three:
    • Todd Hays
    • Steven Holcomb
    • Mike Kohn
Pos Pilot Brakeman Nation Total
1 Andre Lange Kevin Kuske Germany 3:43.38
2 Pierre Lueders Lascelles Brown Canada 3:43.59
3 Martin Annen Beat Hefti Switzerland 3:43.73
4 Alexandre Zoubkov Alexey Voevoda Russia 3:44.00
5 Matthias Hoepfner Marc Kuehne Germany 3:44.25
6 Janis Minins Daumants Dreishkens Latvia 3:44.63
7 Todd Hays Pavle Jovanovic United States 3:44.72
8 Ivo Rueegg Cedric Grand Switzerland 3:44.86

Four man event

The four man event was held on 24 February 2006 (runs 1 and 2) and 25 February 2006 (runs 3 and 4).

Medal Athletes Time
Gold

Andre Lange / Rene Hoppe / Kevin Kuske /

Martin Putze (GER)

3:40.42
Silver

Alexandre Zoubkov / Philippe Egorov /

Alexei Seliverstov / Alexey Voevoda (RUS)

3:40.55
Bronze

Martin Annen / Thomas Lamparter

/ Beat Hefti / Cedric Grand (SUI)

3:40.83

When qualifications were concluded on 15 January 2006, the following pilots were in positions that will qualify them for the four-man event.

  • Austria Wolfgang Stampler
  • Brazil Ricardo Raschini
  • Canada Pierre Lueders
  • Croatia Ivan Sola
  • France Bruno Mingeon
  • Great Britain Lee Johnston
  • Germany
    • André Lange
    • René Spies
  • Hungary Marton Gyulai
  • Italy
    • Simone Bertazzo
    • Fabrizio Tosini
  • Latvia
    • Janis Minins
    • Mihails Arhipovs
  • Netherlands Arend Glas
  • New Zealand Alan Henderson
  • Poland Dawid Kupczyk
  • Romania Nicolae Istrate
  • Russia
    • Alexandr Zoubkov
    • Evgeni Popov
  • Slovakia Milan Jagnesak
  • Switzerland
    • Two from the following three:
    • Martin Annen
    • Ivo Rüegg
    • Martin Galliker
  • United States
    • Two from the following three:
    • Todd Hays
    • Steven Holcomb
    • Mike Kohn
Pos Pilot Pushers Brakeman Nation Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
1 Andre Lange Rene Hoppe & Kevin Kuske Martin Putze Germany 55.20 55.30 54.80 55.12 3:40.42
2 Alexandre Zoubkov Philippe Egorov & Alexei Seliverstov Alexey Voevoda Russia 55.22 55.45 54.87 55.01 3:40.55
3 Martin Annen Thomas Lamparter & Beat Hefti Cedric Grand Switzerland 55.26 55.37 55.00 55.20 3:40.83
4 Pierre Lueders Ken Kotyk & Morgan Alexander Lascelles Brown Canada 55.34 55.43 54.95 55.20 3:40.92
5 Rene Spies Christoph Heyder & Enrico Kuehn Alexander Metzger Germany 55.47 55.48 54.91 55.18 3:41.04
6 Steven Holcomb Curt Tomasevicz & Bill Schuffenhauer Lorenzo Smith Iii United States 55.46 55.50 55.14 55.26 3:41.36
7 Todd Hays Pavle Jovanovic & Steve Mesler Brock Kreitzburg United States 55.43 55.56 55.04 55.41 3:41.44
8 Ivo Rueegg Andi Gees & Roman Handschin Christian Aebli Switzerland 55.65 55.63 55.22 55.30 3:41.80

In addition, one Japanese pilot has right to entry as a representative for the continent of Asia. This could be either Suguru Kiyokawa (2-man) or Hiroshi Suzuki (4-man).

Two woman event

The two woman event was held on 20 February 2006 (runs 1 and 2) and 21 February 2006 (runs 3 and 4).

Medal Athlete Time
Gold Sandra Kiriasis & Anja Schneiderheinze (GER) 3:49.98
Silver Shauna Rohbock & Valerie Fleming (USA) 3:50.69
Bronze Gerda Weissensteiner & Jennifer Isacco (ITA) 3:51.01

When qualifications were concluded on 15 January 2006, the following pilots were in positions that will qualify them for this event[7]

  • Canada
    • Two from the following three:
    • Helen Upperton
    • Suzanne Gavine-Hlady
    • Lesa Mayers-Stringer
  • Great Britain and Northern Ireland Nicola Minichiello
  • Germany
    • Sandra Kiriasis
    • Susi Erdmann
  • Ireland
    • Aoife Hoey
    • Siobhán Hoey
  • Italy Gerda Weissensteiner
  • Japan Manami Hino
  • Netherlands
    • Ilse Broeders
    • Eline Jurg
  • Russia Victoria Tokovaia
  • Switzerland
    • Sabina Hafner
    • Maya Barnert
  • United States
    • Two from the following three:
    • Shauna Rohbock
    • Jean Prahm
    • Jill Bakken

2006 Winter Olympics medal count
Pos Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Germany 11 12 6 29
2  United States 9 9 7 25
3  Austria 9 7 7 23
4  Russia 8 6 8 22
5  Canada 7 10 7 24
6  Sweden 7 2 5 14
7  Korea 6 3 2 11
8  Switzerland 5 4 5 14
9  Italy 5 0 6 11
10  France 3 2 4 9
 Netherlands 3 2 4 9
12  Estonia 3 0 0 3
13  Norway 2 8 9 19
14  China 2 4 5 11
15  Czech Republic 1 2 1 4
16  Croatia 1 2 0 3
17  Australia 1 0 1 2
18  Japan 1 0 0 1
19  Finland 0 6 3 9
20  Poland 0 1 1 2
21  Belarus 0 1 0 1
 Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
 Great Britain 0 1 0 1
 Slovakia 0 1 0 1
25  Ukraine 0 0 2 2
26  Latvia 0 0 1 1
    84 84 84 252

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