Kevin Kuske

Kevin Kuske (born 4 January 1979) is a former German bobsledder who competed from 1999 to 2018. Competing in five Winter Olympics, he is the most successful Olympic athlete in bobsledding, winning four gold medals and two silver medals.

Kevin Kuske
Kevin Kuske bei der Olympia-Einkleidung Erding 2014 (Martin Rulsch) 02.jpg
Kevin Kuske (2014)
Personal information
NationalityGerman
Born (1979-01-04) 4 January 1979 (age 42)
Potsdam, Brandenburg,
East Germany
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Sport
Country Germany
SportBobsleigh
Event(s)4-man, 2-man
ClubBSR Rennsteig Oberhof (1999–2010)
BRC Riesa (2010–present)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s)1st place, gold medalist(s)1st place, gold medalist(s)1st place, gold medalist(s)2nd place, silver medalist(s)2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Salt Lake City Four-man
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin Two-man
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin Four-man
Gold medal – first place 2010 Vancouver Two-man
Silver medal – second place 2010 Vancouver Four-man
Silver medal – second place 2018 Pyeongchang Four-man
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Lake Placid Two-man
Gold medal – first place 2003 Lake Placid Four-man
Gold medal – first place 2004 Königssee Four-man
Gold medal – first place 2005 Calgary Four-man
Gold medal – first place 2007 St. Moritz Two-man
Gold medal – first place 2008 Altenberg Two-man
Gold medal – first place 2008 Altenberg Four-man
Silver medal – second place 2005 Calgary Two-man
Silver medal – second place 2009 Lake Placid Four-man
Silver medal – second place 2011 Königssee Two-man
Silver medal – second place 2012 Lake Placid Four-man
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Königssee Two-man
Bronze medal – third place 2007 St. Moritz Four-man
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Lake Placid Two-man
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Königssee Four-man
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Cortina d'Ampezzo Four-man
Gold medal – first place 2004 St. Moritz Four-man
Gold medal – first place 2006 St. Moritz Two-man
Gold medal – first place 2007 Cortina d'Ampezzo Four-man
Gold medal – first place 2010 Igls Four-man
Silver medal – second place 2002 Cortina d’Ampezzo Two-man
Silver medal – second place 2003 Winterberg Two-man
Silver medal – second place 2006 St. Moritz Four-man
Silver medal – second place 2008 Cesena Two-man
Silver medal – second place 2010 Igls Two-man
Bronze medal – third place 2004 St. Moritz Two-man
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Cortina d’Ampezzo Two-man
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Cesana Four-man
German Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Winterberg Four-man
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Winterberg Two-man
Men's athletics
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Annecy 4 x 100 metres

CareerEdit

Prior to his bobsleigh career, Kuske was a sprinter athlete, and won a bronze medal in 4 x 100 m at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics.

At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Kuske, along with teammates André Lange, Carsten Embach, Enrico Kühn, won the gold medal in the four-man event. Four years later in Turin, Kuske paired with Lange to win the gold medal in the two-man event, while those two, along with teammates René Hoppe and Martin Putze, won gold in the four-man event. Kuske won gold in the two-man and silver in the four-man event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Kuske also has fifteen medals at the IBSF World Championships, including seven golds (Two-man: 2003, 2007, 2008; Four-man: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008), four silvers (Two-man: 2005, 2011; Four-man: 2009, 2012), and four bronzes (Two-man: 2004, 2012; Four-man: 2007, 2017).

After pilot André Lange's retirement in 2010, Kevin Kuske started with pilots Thomas Florschütz and Maximilian Arndt. With Florschütz, he competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in both the two-man and four-man event, but failed to win any medals. After Florschütz and Arndt retired, Kuske joined the team of Nico Walther. In Walther's bobsleigh, Kuske won a silver medal in the four-man event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, therefore becoming the most successful bobsledder in Olympic history. Immediately after the Games, he announced his retirement.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Potsdamer Kevin Kuske ist nun erfolgreichster Bobfahrer der Welt". BZ Berlin (in German). 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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