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

AFP · 12 Feb 2010, 10:29

Published: 12 Feb 2010 10:29 GMT+01:00

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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.

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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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13:54 February 13, 2010 by butchpe

read the article you posted a link to. no surprises that it was a british paper. maybe the complaint that...

"The British Olympic Association has complained that British athletes have had 10 per cent of the training time of their Canadian rivals"

has more to do with the Canadian team actually living and training there and the brits are based in Bath, UK... just a thought
23:25 February 14, 2010 by hanskarl
Now that someone has died they have finally put up a safety barrier..............go figure.
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