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Bobsleigh at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Men's Two

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Bobsleigh Track, Frognerseter, Oslo
Date Started: February 14, 1952
Date Finished: February 15, 1952
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Germany-1
Silver: USA United States-1
Bronze: SUI Switzerland-1

Summary

Whilst Switzerland and the USA had swept the medals at the 1949 and 1950 World Championships, the return to international competition of Germany in 1951 had brought a new threat to the established crews. At the 1951 Worlds the German pair of pilot [Anderl Ostler] and brakeman [Lorenz Niebert] became champion at their first attempt and emerged as new favourites for the Olympic title. The duo, who had originally been rivals before teaming up, set a blistering pace on the first of the four Olympic runs and built a lead of 1¼ seconds. Although their next three runs were not as fast they were still fastest on every run and finished nearly three seconds ahead of the second place Americans with the veteran [Fritz Feierabend] steering Switzerland into third. The German victory was achieved despite the use of a bob that had been manufactured in 1936.

The 1948 champion, [Felix Endrich], finished fourth in Oslo but regained the world title the following year in Garmisch. A week later he was killed instantly at the same track when his four man bob left the circuit and struck a tree.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Germany-1 GER Gold 5:24.54
2 United States-1 USA Silver 5:26.89
3 Switzerland-1 SUI Bronze 5:27.71
4 Switzerland-2 SUI 5:29.15
5 France-2 FRA 5:31.98
6 Belgium-1 BEL 5:32.51
7 United States-2 USA 5:33.82
8 Sweden-1 SWE 5:35.77
9 Austria-1 AUT 5:37.04
10 Italy-2 ITA 5:37.22
11 Germany-2 GER 5:38.25
12 Italy-1 ITA 5:38.36
13 Norway-1 NOR 5:38.41
14 Norway-2 NOR 5:39.62
15 Sweden-2 SWE 5:42.82
16 Austria-2 AUT 5:53.86
17 France-1 FRA 5:55.31
18 Belgium-2 BEL 5:58.28