| Date of Birth:
September 26, 1970
Place of Birth: Edmonton, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 220 lbs.
The 2006 Turin Olympics marks the fourth consecutive winter games of Pierre Lueders stellar bobsledding career. A gold medallist in the two-man race in Nagano back in 1998, Lueders comes to Italy ready to take care of some unfinished business after finishing out of the medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
Born in Edmonton on September 26, 1970, Lueders grew up dreaming of becoming an Olympic decathlete. It wasn't until 1989, when a German cousin suggested that bobsleigh would be a better fit for his natural size and strength that Lueders found his true calling.
Now 17 years later and with seven world championship medals and 63 World Cup podium finishes to go with his Olympic prize, the 36-year-old veteran is clearly one of Canada's most decorated athletes.
After his sub-par finishes in 2002, Lueders took a year off before returning to the sport he loves with a new focus and determination. Last season, Lueders guided the two-man team to three World Cup victories and a second-place overall finish. The four-man team piloted by Lueders finished third-overall in the World Cup standings.
In his two only races at the new Olympic bobsleigh track at Cesana Pariol in January of 2005, Lueders came second to Swiss ace Annen Martin in both the two-man and the four-man events, proving he is still a major force to be reckoned with.
During the current season, Lueders has been on fire, defending his two-man title at the World Championships (with brakeman Lascelles Brown) and adding five podium finishes on the World Cup circuit (three in the two-man and two in the four-man).
February 26: 0.09 seconds of heartbreak for Lueders
February 26: Bobsledders finish fourth
February 25: Canadians 'pushing' to be on podium
February 24: Ready to rock
February 20: Lueders sleds tears!
February 20: It's the hall of fame!
February 20: Tainted gold?
February 20: Along for the ride!
February 19: Lueders, Brown grab silver
February 19: Sliding into a storm
February 17: Thanks, Anne
February 9: SUN Prediction: Silver in two-man; Bronze in four-man
January 29: Lueders grabs overall bobsled title
January 29: Soldiers of fortune
January 16: Golden groove
November 13: Lueders is a world champion
November 13: Olympic success rides with Lueders
2006 Bobsleigh Coverage