February 20, 2006
It's the hall of fame!
Neighbours show respect for each other, share in success
TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

CESANA PARIOL, Italy -- It was the fourth medal from the same corner of the Sestriere athletes village.

"Duff Gibson and Jeff Pain live one door down from me and Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards right across the hall," said Pierre Lueders of the group which has now produced a gold, two silver and a bronze for Canada - a medal in every event for the skeleton and bobsled team so far.

"Jeff put up a sign 'Don't slam the door' before the Olympics began. And I'm super-impressed with how they've handled things.

"They won medals but they didn't come back and party. They've been quiet as mice while we've been preparing for this event.

"They've shown a lot of class."

Calgarians Gibson won gold and Pain silver in the men's skeleton, and Eckville's Hollingsworth-Richards won bronze in women's skeleton. Helen Upperton of Calgary is up tonight with brakeman Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I. in women's bob.

Lueders' four-man team, with Lascelles Brown again his brakeman and Ken Kotyk of Rama, Saskatchewan, and Morgan Alexander of Regina also in the sled, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Lueders is optimistic for another medal in the event.

"My whole career, nobody's thought we could do anything in the four-man. The last three years have been amazing, but people don't understand that this year I've been better in the four-man.

"I have three guys who are going to go crazy for me at the start. If I can just drive down like I did today, anything can happen."

Brown said winning two medals is possible. "I think Pierre Lueders is the best driver on the circuit."