Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana Pariol
Date Started: February 17, 2006
Date Finished: February 19, 2006
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement. Only the best 20 teams contest the final run.
The 2006 Winter Olympic two-man was billed as a showdown between two crews.
André Lange and Kevin Kuske of Germany had won the 2003 World Championship and two World Cup titles since the last Olympics whilst [Pierre Leuders] had piloted Canada to the 2004 and 2005 world titles. Leuders’ partner for the Olympics was ex-Jamaican Lascelles Brown who, although he had competed for Canada in 2005, was only able to gain citizenship in early 2006. Sleds from the USA, Russia and Switzerland were also expected to challenge for medals.
Lange and Leuders shared the first two runs but the German edged into the lead by 0.06 of a second and widened the gap on the first run of the second day. Switzerland I’s excellent final run guaranteed them the bronze medal but Leuders and Brown could not match that pace and lost time to both the Swiss and Germans. Canada’s previous advantage ensured they picked up silver with Lange posting a comfortable victory for Germany.