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Sorry Germany, but Canada's gold for bobsleigh champ Lueders

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Sorry Germany, but Canada's gold for bobsleigh champ Lueders
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10:29 CET+01:00
Win or lose, there's nothing to match Canada in the view of four-time Olympian and 1998 bobsleigh champion Pierre Lueders - even if it upsets Germany.

Finalising preparations Thursday for his fifth Olympiad, Lueders was emphatic when asked to allude to his family's German roots.

"My parents came to Canada and they're proud Canadians. I'm a proud Canadian," stressed Lueders, 39. "It just so happens my parents wanted to come to a better country."

But Germany can take a little credit for something - not least, Lueder's career.

That's because the former decathlete only turned to bobsleigh after German cousin Gunnar Meinhardt introduced him to it on a visit to Berlin more than 20 years ago.

"Speed, danger - it sounded exciting," the son of East German émigrés observed.

Whatever Lueders thinks of the relative merits of Canada and Germany he's held in high esteem in both countries, having had a German fan club since his 1995 World Championships silver medal at Winterburg.

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