Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana Pariol
Date Started: February 24, 2006
Date Finished: February 26, 2006
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement. Only the best 20 teams contest the final run.
[AndrÃ© Lange]âs Germany I crew entered this event as overwhelming favourites. Not only had Lange piloted three successive World Championship winning sleds and had won the World Cup title in 2004 and 2005, but just a week earlier he had proved his form by taking the Olympic two-man title. If any real challenge was to come to Lange then that challenge was expected from either his teammate [RenÃ© Spies]â Germany II sled or the improving Russian outfit driven by [Aleksandr Zubkov]. Canada, Switzerland and the USA were also expected to challenge for the minor medals.
On the first three runs Germany I lived up to their billing and posted the fastest time on all three runs - but never by more than a tenth of a second. Zubkovâs Russian sled did claw back time on the final run but it was not close to being enough to deny Lange the title and the rare distinction of the two-man / four-man double.