Born: Edmonton, Alberta
Residence: Edmonton, Alberta
Height: 185 cm / 6'1"
Weight: 95 kg / 218 lbs
No question one of the top drivers in the world today, Lueders made a spectacular debut on the World Cup scene in 1992 when he upset reigning Olympic champion Gustav Weder of Switzerland to win the two-man gold.
Since then, the Edmonton native, who began bobsledding on the advice of a German cousin, has set a pace few have matched in the history of the sport, accumulating 22 World Cup medals and in 1994-95 becoming the first driver to win all hree overall World Cup titles in a single season (two-man, four-man and combined).
At the 1995 world championships in Winterberg, Germany, Lueders and longtime brakeman Jack Pyc won a silver to become the first Canadians in 30 years to make it to the podium at the annual event. He also won silver at the 1996 worlds in Calgary.
Lueders chances for a medal in Nagano are excellent, having won the two-man title at the Olympic site last season in Japan, and capturing four golds in seven World Cup two-man events in total during the 1996-97 campaign.
Already, things are looking good for Lueders and his crew as they captured the world push championships a few weeks ago in Manaco.