Altenberg/Oberhof (RWH) Bobsleigh Olympic Champion Francesco Friedrich is strengthening his push athletes team for the 2021/2022 Olympic winter with the experienced Alexander Roediger. This was announced by the Friedrich bobsleigh team and Alexander Roediger on Instagram and Facebook.
The 35-year-old Alexander Roediger is one of the most experienced athletes in the German team. In December 2006, the 4-man bobsleigh specialist sat in the big sled as a push athlete for the first time at a World Cup. Together with pilot André Lange, the 2006 Olympic Champion, Alexander Roediger finished second in Calgary (CAN). More than 60 World Cup races followed, almost all in 4-man bobsleigh, with 13 victories and a total of 32 podium finishes. In 2013 in St. Moritz and 2015 in Winterberg, Alexander Roediger won World Championships gold in 4-man bobsleigh with pilot Maximilian Arndt's team. In 2010 in Vancouver and 2018 in PyeongChang he pushed the sleds of André Lange and Nico Walther to Olympic silver medals.
His last race so far in the BMW IBSF World Cup before his comeback in the Friedrich team, Alexander Roediger contested in February 2019 with Nico Walther - as in his premiere the venue was Calgary (CAN) and again he finished in second place. After rank eight at the 2019 World Championships in Whistler (CAN), long-term knee problems made competitions impossible. It wasn't until the winter of 2020 that Roediger took part in some races again, including with junior pilot Philipp Zielasko. A start in the Friedrich sled at the Winter Games in Beijing 2022 would be the fourth Olympic appearance for Alexander Roediger - and his chance of a third medal could not be greater than with the reigning World Champion and Olympic Champion. ©RWH2021
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis