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WHISTLER, Canada (February 20) -- Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske of Germany seek to defend their two-man Olympic bobsleigh title Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, at the Whistler Sliding Centre. There are 27 sleds expected to start at 5 pm local (1 am GMT). The final two heats will be held Sunday starting at 1:30 pm local (21:30 GMT). WHISTLER, Canada (February 20) -- Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske of Germany seek to defend their two-man Olympic bobsleigh title Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, at the Whistler Sliding Centre.   There are 27 sleds expected to start at 5 pm local (1 am GMT).  The final two heats will be held Sunday starting at 1:30 pm local (21:30 GMT).

Lange, who has driven to three Olympic gold medals in his career (4-man in Park City and 2-man and 4-man in Cesana) is seeking to become the most decorated Olympic bobsleigh pilot of all time if he can medal in both Whistler races.  Bernhard Germeshausen won three gold and one silver for East Germany in 1976 and 1980 and Meinhard Nehmer captured three gold and one bronze for East Germany at the same games.

Expected to challenge for two-manmedals are defending World Champion and reigning World Cup champion Ivo Rueegg of Switzerland, Lyndon Rush of Canada, and Thomas Florschuetz of Germany. 

Missing from the field are Swiss pilots Beat Hefti and Daniel Schmid, both of whom had crashes in training and withdrew from the competition, and Janis Minins of Latvia, who had an emergency appendectomy in Vancouver last week.  Hefti was the FIBT World Ranking leader in 2009-2010 and finished fourth in the FIBT World Cup series. 

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