Pierre Lueders

Pierre Fritz Lueders (born 26 September 1970) is a Canadian Olympic, world and World Cup champion bobsledder who competed from 1990 to 2010. He piloted both two-man and four-man bobsleigh, retiring after the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was named to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.[1]

Pierre Lueders
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Lueders at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin
Personal information
Full namePierre Lueders
NationalityCanada Canadian
Born (1970-09-26) 26 September 1970 (age 50)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight101 kg (223 lb)
Sport
Country Canada
Sport Bobsleigh
Retired2010
Achievements and titles
Olympic finalsOlympic rings.svg 1st place, gold medalist(s)2nd place, silver medalist(s)

BiographyEdit

Lueders grew up in Edmonton and went to Winterburn School for elementary and junior high. He attended Jasper Place High School for grades 10 through 12.

Competitive careerEdit

Originally a decathlete, in 1989 he switched to bobsleigh on the advice of a cousin who was a sportswriter in what was then East Germany, who suggested his build was better suited to the latter sport. Beginning as a brakeman and progressing rapidly, he became a pilot by 1991 and in 1992 won the first World Cup race he entered.[2]

A five-time Olympian, Lueders is the most decorated slider in Canadian history. He was the pilot of the Canadian two-man bobsleigh (teamed with Dave MacEachern) that won the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics (shared with the Italian duo of Günther Huber and Antonio Tartaglia). This was only Canada's second-ever medal in bobsleigh, and the first since Vic Emery led his four-man crew to victory in 1964. Lueders and MacEachern ended their partnership shortly after the 1998 Games, with MacEachern attempting to make the transition to competing as a pilot in his own right: Lueders subsequently teamed up with Ken Leblanc and Giulio Zardo.[3] At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Lueders placed a disappointing fifth-place finish in two-man, and ninth in four-man, causing him to take the 2002–03 season off in four-man. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, in the two-man event, he and his brakeman Lascelles Brown won silver despite having to contend with heavy snowfall.

Lueders also won eight medals at the FIBT World Championships with two golds (Two-man: 2004, 2005), four silvers (Two-man: 1995, 1996, 2003; Four-man: 2007), and two bronzes (Four-man: 1999, 2005).

In the Bobsleigh World Cup, Lueders won the combined men's event four times (1993-4, 1994–5, 1997–8, 2005-6), the two-man event a record six times (1993-4, 1994–5, 1996–7, 1997–8, 2002–3, 2005-6), and the four-man event once (1994-5). Pierre Lueders has won 88 career medals in the Bobsleigh World Cup.[4]

Lueders and his brakeman Justin Kripps made the first run down the Whistler Sliding Centre, a facility built for the 2010 Winter Olympics, on 19 December 2007. Turn 7 at the Sliding Centre, "Lueders Loop", is named in his honor after he crashed out his sled during the track's homologation in March 2008, his first crash since the 2001 Goodwill Games.

In 2010, he finished 5th in the two-man bobsleigh race. He finish 5th in the four-man bobsleigh.

Coaching careerEdit

Lueders retired after the Vancouver Games and was named as a national bobsleigh team development coach. He left the job in May 2012, saying he wanted a break from the sport after 22 years as an athlete and coach.[5]

However just over a week later Lueders was appointed head coach of the Russian national bobsleigh team[6] that would go on to win two gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He left his position as Russia coach in June 2016.[7]

In October 2017 he became caretaker head coach for the Republic of Korea's bobsleigh team ahead of their campaign on home ice at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.[8] In the four-man bodsleigh event, the Koreans consisting of Won Yun-jong (pilot), Seo Young-woo, Jun Jung-lin and Kim Dong-hyun tied with one of the German teams for the silver medal, the first Olympic medal won by an Asian bobsleigh team.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

As of 1997, Lueders resides in Calgary, Alberta. Outside of bobsledding, Lueders joined Sotheby's International Realty as an associate in Calgary in January 2017.[7]

ResultsEdit

World Cup ChampionshipsEdit

Rank Season Event
  1993–94 Two-man
  1993–94 Combined
  1994–95 Two-man
  1994–95 Four-man
  1994–95 Combined
  1996–97 Two-man
  1997–98 Combined
  1997–98 Two-man
  2002–03 Two-man
  2005–06 Combined
  2005–06 Two-man
  1995–96 Combined
  1995–96 Two-man
  2001–02 Two-man
  2003–04 Combined
  2003–04 Two-man
  2004–05 Two-man
  2006–07 Two-man
  2005-06 Four-man
  2006–07 Combined
  1996–97 Combined
  1998–99 Combined
  1998–99 Two-man
  1999–00 Combined
  1999–00 Four-man
  2004–05 Combined
  2004–05 Four-man

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canadian Sports Hall adds Lueders, Niedermayer, others". CBC Sports. 19 April 2012.
  2. ^ Michael Farber (4 February 1998). "1998 Nagano Olympics [Preview] – Pierre Lueders". Sports Illustrated.
  3. ^ Snyder, Lorraine (22 February 2018). "Pierre Lueders". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  4. ^ Jurmain, Jeff (18 November 2008). "Lueders Leads Canada into Bobsleigh World Cup Season". Canadian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Pierre Lueders leaves national bobsled team". CBC News. 24 May 2012.
  6. ^ Perry, Rod (4 June 2012). "Pierre Lueders joining Russian bobsleigh team as head coach". cbc.ca. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Pierre Lueders". LinkedIn. Retrieved 9 November 2017.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Olympic Champion Pierre Lueders coach in Korea". International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
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External linksEdit

Pierre Lueders at the International Olympic Committee