The East Germans dominated the official practice for the two
Feb. 16, 1988
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ The East Germans dominated the official practice for the two-man bobsled again Monday, clocking the fastest times in both runs and placing their sleds 1-2-4 in the aggregate standings for the day.
Bernhard Lehmann, the driver of East Germany No. 3 sled and a silver medalist at Sarajevo four years ago, had the fastest combined time, one minutes, 56.04 seconds, 13 hundredths of a second faster than teammate Detlef Richter.
But Richter and defending Olympic gold medalist Wolfgang Hoppe had the fastest single runs of the day down the Olympic Park course. Hoppe led the first run with a time of 57.84, the fastest time of the day, and Richter was timed in 58.12 to lead the second run.
Only Maris Poikans of the Soviet Union managed to stay close to the East Germans with his combined time of 1:56.41, good for third.
The Americans lagged halfway down the field of 48 sleds in practice.
Brent Rushlaw of Saranac Lake, N.Y., was 24th in 1:58.46, Randy Will of Endwell, N.Y., again riding with the Chicago Bears wide receiver Willie Gault as brakeman, was 26th in 1:58.52 and Matt Roy of Lake Placid, N.Y., was 27th with 1:58.79.