One on one

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YA? Things are going well. I can't complain. We have the four-man this weekend and we're looking forward to it.

IT'S A REGULAR SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT COMPETING. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I would probably stay home with my wife Sandra and daughter Zoe and we'd just hang out together. Once Zoe was in bed, my wife and I would watch a movie or something. That's exciting.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO BEST DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

Intense, determined, hard-worker, father, husband.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL?

I loved sports. I was probably a little lazy when it came to studying and schoolwork. I managed to make it through. I didn't like high school very much. It was probably my three worst years.

WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

Buying things I shouldn't be buying. Compulsive, stupid things.

WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU'VE EVER BOUGHT?

Wow ... any item. That's a tough one. Can we come back to it?

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE?

My parents, my in-laws. I don't know anyone famous. Everybody laughs at my cellphone. It's one I got in '98, so it's pretty ancient. There's only four numbers in there.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Work hard and believe in yourself. Trust your instincts.

WHAT REPAIRS COULD YOU PERFORM ON YOUR CAR?

I can change the oil, put in washer fluid. I can drive it to Crowfoot Dodge and have them repair anything else.

WHAT REPAIRS CAN'T YOU DO ON THE BOBSLED?

I've never really been good at doing a runner alignment. I do it backwards for some reason.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

Steaks on the barbecue. I do it all the time, winter or summer. My favourite time is when it's too cold to go outside, fire up the barbecue and grill some steaks. It could be minus-20, I'll go out there and cook up some steaks.

HOW DO YOU GET A FAN CLUB, ESPECIALLY ONE FROM GERMANY?

You want the real story?

OF COURSE.

At the '95 worlds, I finished second and that was my first world championship medal. After the awards, we went to the beer tent where all these crazy people were drinking. Me and my brakeman Jack Pyc joined them and Jack decided to give my medal to these people who were having a great time. They started getting free trays of beer for it. Different people would take it and cart back a tray of beer. We partied all night long and they thought it was amazing these two Canadians would be so friendly. They started a fan club from it. The Pierre Lueders Fan Club was born. It's the 10-year anniversary this week.

CAN YOU STILL GET FREE BEER WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS?

In Europe, maybe. But people here would just laugh at you.

WHAT'S THE WEIRDEST THING A FAN HAS EVER DONE FOR YOU?

They're actually pretty civilized. The autograph hounds in Europe, they want everything from the sled you use to pictures of you. They can get a little pushy. Nobody really does anything for us. One member of our fan club made me a trophy memorializing the '98 (Olympic) win. I'm pretty lucky.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

Pizza. In Europe, some of the hotels we stay in aren't the best, so pretty much we eat pizza every night. It's the safest thing to eat.

IF IT WASN'T FOR BOBSLEDDING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

I would be involved in some sort of sporting activity. Not necessarily competing but coaching. I probably would have pursued a university degree in physical education.

DO YOU OFTEN GET CAUGHT FOR SPEEDING?

I like to think I'm a good driver. I have the odd ticket but everybody does. I get a few of them in Europe. Apparently, certain highways you can't go as fast as possible.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

The best and only concert I've been to was the final Genesis concert with Phil Collins in Edmonton. It was the only one. I never really got into the concert scene.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?

The one I want and have is M*A*S*H. It's my favourite show.

YOUR TEAMMATES SAY YOU'RE A BIT OF A JOKER. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE JOKE TO PLAY?

We'll hide a stinky cheese in the sun visor of an opponent's truck. Another one is putting fish down the vents of a van. It's a good one, especially when we do it to the British.

WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?

You might have to ask my wife about that. Should I ask her? Leaving my clothes on the floor. She's laughing right now. I don't think it's that bad because it's only in my bedroom. They seem to find it annoying.

WHAT'S THE UGLIEST THING IN YOUR WARDROBE?

These Hawaiian shirts, definitely. With these big collars, I look like Elvis. They're terrible. I thought it would be cool to have a Hawaiian shirt until I started wearing it and it wasn't very fashionable.

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE AND, IF SO, WHAT'S YOUR SONG?

First, you would really have to convince me. That would be very difficult. But if I would, it would be The Gambler by Kenny Rogers.

EVER ORDER PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING ON PPV?

Yes, I have. Not all the time. I am a fan. I think it's great entertainment.

BACK TO THE WEIRD THINGS YOU BOUGHT.

I bought a motorcycle. I grew up on bikes but I bought a Honda CVR 900. That was insane. I like to think I can ride motorcycles quite well but it was too much. It was great when I did the test drive but then I realized something. It was way too fast and way too light and I wasn't at the skill level to drive it properly. I sold it so I could buy another set of bobsleigh runners.

SO PIERRE LUEDERS CAN'T DRIVE EVERYTHING ...

That's right.


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