February 20, 2006
Along for the ride!
KRISTEN VERNON -- Edmonton Sun

It's all downhill from here.

Edmonton native Pierre Lueders and Lascelles Brown sped to silver in the men's two-man bobsled at the Winter Olympics yesterday.

They sped to victory on the nine-year-old sled that Lueders rode to gold along with Dave McEachern during the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

PROUD

"I'm so incredibly proud of the two of them," said Lueders' wife Sandra. "Pierre's my best friend and to have your best friend and husband be on the Olympic podium again, I'm just so proud of him."

Sandra, who watched the race at the couple's Calgary home with their two young daughters and her mom, spoke to Lueders about an hour after the win.

"He was just giggling," she said. "He was just ecstatic. He was so proud - especially for Lascelles - to be a Canadian, to be on the podium and watch the Canadian flag go up."

A cloud of uncertainty hung over the bobsled team until the Jamaican-born Brown became a Canadian citizen in January, securing his spot on the Canadian Olympic team.

Lueders' parents, Heinz and Kate, watched the competition from their Edmonton home. Heinz was glowing with pride at the silver-medal win for his hard-working son, which came as no surprise to him.

"What can I say? The boy is very good," he said.

At the Brown house in Calgary, Brown's wife Kara, the couple's two-year-old daughter Zody and four friends watched the event.

Kara said the silver medal win hasn't sunk in for her husband. She's finding it hard to grasp herself.

"It's almost like it's not real," she said. "Now I just need him to come home. Finish up his four-man and come home."

Zoe Lueders waved Canadian flags and Zody Brown donned her "bobsled outfit" as the two youngest fans of the the Canadian men's two-man bobsled silver winners cheered their dads on with gusto.

GO, DADDY!

Three-year-old Zoe yelled, "Go, daddy, go," Sandra said.

At the ice house at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, about 35 fans - largely bobsledders - gathered to cheer on the pair.

They knew the pair were ahead, but it wasn't until the duo sped passed the finish line that tension and excitement bubbled over into jubilation, said Monica Gorham.

"It was crazy in here with yelling and screaming," said the member of the junior national luge team.

"It's awesome to get a medal at any sport in the Olympics but then to do it in a sport like bobsled that isn't that well-known in Canada - it's a great boost for the bobsled association," she said.