German with the Italian name, Friedrich repeats the double gold of PyeongChang bob at 2 + bob at 4. No one like him in the history of the Olympics. Thus the record driver has become a myth of the legend of the Games
Legend Francesco. Call him Francesco Imperatore. Francesco who is capable of anything inside a bob. Always. Francesco Friedrich is a pilot who is covered with gold and glory. Six pilots in the Olympic history of bobsleighs – including Eugenio Monti, the legendary blue Rosso Volante – have won over both crews in the same Olympics: bobsleigh at 2 + bobsleigh at 4. But in Beijing the German succeeds for the second time in a row. The encore of the encore of 2018 in PyeongChang is realized in full, with the thrill. The myth is now he, who also had won a lot before arriving in China. Friedrich is already the absolute record holder of world titles (13, of which 7 consecutive in bobsleigh 2), boasts 7 World Cups with 62 stage victories. And this season, between bobsleds at 2 and bobsled at 4, he has signed 14 out of 16! After having dominated the two-man bob together with Thorsten Margis on the other two German bobs led by Johannes Lochner and Christoph Hafer, the gold double was packaged together with Thorsten Margis, Candy Bauer and Alexander Schueller who already after the first two heats had 3 cents advantage. He had left the second German crew only the fastest time of the first descent by 16 cents. A pious illusion. Duration the space of one hour.
There had been six double goals in history, gold in two and four in the same edition before today: Andreas Ostler in 1952, Eugenio Monti in 1968, Meinhard Nehmer in 1976, Wolfgang Hoppe in 1984, Andre Lange in 2006 and , in fact, Francesco Friedrich in 2018, in PyeongChang. What now has repeated.
Born in Pirna, Saxony, on May 2, 1990, married to Magdalena, he has an older brother, David with whom he competed until 2012, and a younger sister, Lucienne, who followed in the footsteps of his brothers: she too is a hobbyist. The nearby (40 km) Altenberg slope facilitated the choice of ending up in the ice gut. It was 2006. But there was also athletics in his life as a sportsman. The debut in the bob took place in 2008, in the World Cup for the first time on 21 January 2012 in St. Moritz he did not finish the test in two and did not go beyond the tenth place in four. On the first podium he climbed on 9 December 2012, the first victory could only mature in his Altenberg on 5 January 2013: it was a tie with fellow countryman Thomas Florschuetz. The first seal in 4 of him took three years to wait, again in Altenberg, on November 29, 2015.
On 27 January 2013 he became the youngest two-man bobsleigh world champion by winning his first title in St. Moritz 2013. At Whistler 2019 he won his fifth consecutive two-man bobsleigh title, equaling the record held by Eugenio Monti. Among the braces, in addition to the Olympic ones, he boasts four at the World Championships, and is also at the top of the ranking of the total medals won at the World Championships (fifteen), a record shared with fellow countryman Kevin Kuske. In short, a cannibal of triumphs, who was also exalted in the Yanqing National Sliding Center, where history awaited him. Perfectionist, to win the first gold in China, not happy with the vehicle, he had asked the bobsleigh of the vice world champion Kim Kalicki. “I’m incredibly grateful to him.” And unlike training, he was doing wonderfully in the race. Winning against compatriots has a very special effect. Special. “It’s amazing, we are so proud of ourselves,” said Friedrich. “It was difficult but now I feel really relieved. We have been away from home for weeks, some of us have had Covid. They were really crazy games ”. He surpassed icon Andre Lange. The German success story in the Yanqing “gold channel” has thus been enriched by another impressive chapter. Well … Now it’s a hunt for three of a kind. In Milan-Cortina 2026.
February 20 – 05:08
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