Lueders grabs overall bobsled title

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ALTENBERG, Germany (AP-CP) -- Edmonton's Pierre Lueders captured the overall World Cup bobsled points title Sunday after finishing fifth in the four-man event at the final competition of the season.

Alexander Subkov guided his Russian sled to victory to capture the season four-man title, just ahead of Lueders, who clinched the overall two-man title Saturday.

Subkov and teammates Sergei Golubev, Alexei Seliverstov and Alexei Vojevoda finished in one minute 48.04 seconds with runs of 53.91 seconds and 54.13. Matthias Hoepfner in Germany I was second with a total 1:48.19, followed by Yevgeni Popov in Russia II at 1:48.54.

Lueders and his crew of Lascelles Brown of Calgary, Ken Kotyk of Rama, Sask., and Morgan Alexander of Calgary finished in 1:48.79.

The finish put Lueders atop the combined standings with 995 points, six more than Subkov.

"Despite the result, I felt good about my driving on certain corners that have always given me problems and those were things I was able to fix this week," said Lueders. "We had good preparation going into the race, but it can be difficult, at the end of the year when there's a big event like the Olympics or the world championships coming up, to not start looking beyond. I was maybe a little guilty of that today."

Subkov finished atop the four-man overall standings with 500 points from seven races, 15 more than Lueders. Martin Annen of Switzerland had 475 and Todd Hays of the United States had 450.

"To be honest, I didn't even know where we were sitting going into the race today," said Lueders. "It wasn't really one of my goals this year to win the four-man, not to say it wouldn't have been nice. It certainly beats finishing fifth or sixth."

Lueders and Brown won bronze in Saturday's two-man season-finale to claim the overall World Cup title in that event. Lueders and Brown head into the Turin Olympics as one of the two-man teams favoured for gold.

While Lueders decided to test his sled at the final World Cup of the season, many top pilots chose to skip the event in order to prepare for the Olympics.

"It's the last chance in competition to test the tuning and blades on the sled," Lueders said. "Winning the two-man bob season title in an Olympic year is secondary."


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