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Christian Reich

Full name: Christian Reich
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Born: September 23, 1967 in Aarau, Aargau, Switzerland
Affiliations: BC Celerina, Celerina (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Christian Reich took up bobsledding in 1986 and, by 1989, was good enough to win silver in the four-man at the World Championships alongside [Donat Acklin] and the non-Olympians Nico Baracchi and René Mangold. He first attended the Winter Olympics in 1992, where he was 10th in the two-man with [Christian Meili], fifth in the four-man alongside Meili, [Bruno Gerber], and [Gerold Löffler], and he was seventh in the four-man at the 1994 edition with Löffler, Meili, and [René Schmidheiny]. In 1995 Reich switched to piloting and, by 1997, was competing at the World Championships once again, where he won a silver medal in the four-man. He was disqualified, however, alongside the first- and third-placing Swiss teams, for competing with a bobsled that the national team had been using all season, unaware that it was illegal. At the 1998 Winter Olympics he was fourth in the two-man with [Cédric Grand] and seventh in the four-man alongside Grand, [Steve Anderhub], and [Thomas Handschin], before taking silver in the two-man with [Urs Aeberhard] at the 1999 European Championships.

Reich’s career really took off in 2000, when he was overall World Cup champion in the two-man and runner-up in the combined. He and Aeberhard also captured bronze in the two- and four-man events at the World Championships, with the assistance of non-Olympians Bruno Aeberhard and Domenic Keller in the latter. In 2001 Reich and Anderhub were runners-up in the two-man at the European Championships and, in 2002, won that title. Reich was also runner-up in the combined and third in the two- and four-man in the World Cup standings that season, but his greatest success came at that year’s Winter Olympics, where he and Anderhub won silver in the two-man. They also came in sixth in the four-man alongside Urs Aeberhard and [Guido Acklin]. Reich retired from active competition shortly thereafter and worked as head coach of the Monégasque national team until 2006. He was also involved in bobsledding at a technical level, running a business that manufactured sleds (including those used by the Swiss team the 2010 Games), and became Vice President of Corporate and Financial Affairs of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation in 2010.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Men's Two Switzerland-2 SUI 10
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-2 SUI 5
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-2 SUI 7
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Men's Two Switzerland-2 SUI 4
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-2 SUI 7
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Men's Two Switzerland-1 SUI 2 Silver
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-2 SUI 6

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Christian Meili Final Standings
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Christian Meili Run 1
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Christian Meili Run 2
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Christian Meili Run 3
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Christian Meili Run 4
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Cédric Grand Final Standings
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Cédric Grand Run 1
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Cédric Grand Run 2
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Cédric Grand Run 3
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Cédric Grand Run 4
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Steve Anderhub Final Standings
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Steve Anderhub Run 1
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Steve Anderhub Run 2
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Steve Anderhub Run 3
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Steve Anderhub Run 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Final Standings
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 1
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 2
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 3
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 4
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Final Standings
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 1
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 2
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 3
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 4
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Final Standings
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 1
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 2
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 3
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Final Standings
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 1
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 2
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 3
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 4
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