Switzerland's Christian Reich has become European Champion, after taking second place in the World Cup two-man bobsleigh event in Italy.This content was published on January 19, 2002 - 22:25
Reich, who was pilot for the eighth consecutive season, won the title after collecting two European Championship silver medals. He was assisted by 35-year-old teammate, Steve Anderhub, in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Reich and Anderhub grabbed second place on Saturday in 1'46"52. They took a 0.27 second lead on third-placed adversaries, Germany's Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.
"Before, I wanted to win and so I became tense," said Reich. "But now, I just want to have a good race, and that's how I manage to stay cool."
Other Swiss pairs included Martin Annen/Beat Hefti, who finished third, giving Switzerland another medal. Annen now leads the World Cup standings.
Compatriots Ivo Ruegg and Stefan Bamert came in sixth.
Saturday's race was won by the Canadian pair Pierre Lueders/Giulio Zardo, who finished in 1'46"48.
swissinfo with agencies