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Clay Ives

Full name: James "Clay" Ives
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: September 5, 1972 in Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Mineral-Capitol Luge Club
Country: CAN Canada, USA United States
Sport: Luge

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Canadian born and a competitor for his native country in at the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games, James “Clay” Ives only won an Olympic medal in luge in 2002, competing for the United States as the doubles partner of Chris Thorpe. He had taken up luging early in his life, after his father could not afford to keep all four of his sons in ice hockey and built a 900 metre sled run. He set off at the age of 17 to join the Canadian National Team and, after competing for nine years with the team, moved to the United States after the 1997-1998 season. Despite once having to go to a food bank to eat, his pleas for extra funding had been ignored by the Canadian Luge Federation. Prior to the Olympics, he won two silver medals (1999 and 2001) in doubles at the North American Luge Championships and decided to retire after the 2002 Winter Games. His childhood sled run is now a tourist attraction at the family-run bed and breakfast and is rented out to groups and, on occasion, the Canadian military.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Men's Singles Canada CAN 20
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Canada CAN 8T
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Luge Men's Singles Canada CAN 15
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles United States-1 USA 3 Bronze

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 IT3 IR3 IT4 IR4 IT5 IR5 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2 ST3 SR3 ST4 SR4 ST5 SR5
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Canada CAN Final Standings 20 3:26.686
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Canada CAN Run 1 20 51.518 4.632 =29 16.984 23 26.403 21 33.626 21 43.319 21 12.352 21 9.419 19 7.223 20 9.693 =18 8.199 16
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Canada CAN Run 2 22 51.822 4.585 21 16.974 22 26.446 21 33.737 21 43.506 22 12.389 24 9.472 =21 7.291 22 9.769 21 8.316 23
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Canada CAN Run 3 21 51.699 4.652 29 17.037 25 26.481 23 33.698 23 43.414 22 12.385 22 9.444 23 7.217 23 9.716 21 8.285 22
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Canada CAN Run 4 20 51.647 4.629 24 17.013 21 26.442 20 33.669 21 43.388 18 12.384 21 9.429 18 7.227 21 9.719 19 8.259 18
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Luge Canada CAN Final Standings 15 3:22.275
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Luge Canada CAN Run 1 17 50.632 3.177 10 16.563 14 28.444 14 41.339 15 13.386 15 11.881 19 12.895 19 9.293 17
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Luge Canada CAN Run 2 16 50.348 3.186 12 16.570 16 28.411 16 41.192 16 13.384 16 11.841 19 12.781 16 9.156 16
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Luge Canada CAN Run 3 21 50.858 3.191 9 16.669 19 28.592 21 41.504 21 13.478 21 11.923 22 12.912 20 9.354 20
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Luge Canada CAN Run 4 16 50.437 3.193 11 16.568 12 28.411 13 41.199 15 13.375 13 11.843 16 12.788 17 9.238 17

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Canada CAN Bob Gasper Final Standings 8T
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Canada CAN Bob Gasper Run 1 10
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Luge Canada CAN Bob Gasper Run 2 7
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Luge United States-1 USA Chris Thorpe Final Standings 3
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Luge United States-1 USA Chris Thorpe Run 1 2
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Luge United States-1 USA Chris Thorpe Run 2 3
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