February 26, 2006
Bobsledders finish fourth
MICHELLE MARK -- Edmonton Sun

Olympic bobsledder Pierre Lueders is good as gold to those who know him, even though a second medal win eluded him yesterday with a fourth-place finish.

The pilot from Edmonton - now living in Calgary - was upbeat when he called home after his four-man heat and anxious to get home to his wife and two young daughters.

"He was very positive - he wasn't down at all," wife Sandra said after Pierre called her yesterday from Turin.

"He said, 'We gave it everything we could,' and he was really hoping they could bump up to third for the other two (team members), but it wasn't meant to be."

Earlier in the week, Lueders and teammate Lascelles Brown won silver in two-man bobsledding.

But Sandra - who watched the event from Calgary's Canada Olympic Park - said earlier worries about whether or not Brown would get his citizenship weighed heavily on the team leading up to the Olympics.

Jamaican-born Brown, who now lives in Calgary, became a Canadian citizen only 25 days before he became a Canadian silver-medal winner with Lueders by his side.

"I couldn't be prouder," Sandra said of her husband, who hopes to return to Calgary on Tuesday to be with five-month-old Maya and 3 1/2-year-old Zoe.

"He wasn't able to spend much time with Maya after she was born because he was training, so he's really excited."

Lueders and his four-man crew of Ken Kotyk of Kenora, Ont., Morgan Alexander of Regina and Brown went into the final run with a 0.09-second margin.

Lueders's mom in Edmonton is beaming with pride over her son's accomplishments, adding he was up against some tough competition.

"We are very proud of him and all of his teammates," Kate Lueders said. "They all did very well."

Their time of 54.95 in the third run was their best. But they couldn't close ground with their fourth run, clocking a 55.20.