Cesana Pariol, Italy (Sports Network) - The German four-man bobsled piloted by Andre Lange won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics, and in doing so has equaled a record held by only four others.
Lange drove his sled to a combined winning time of 3 minutes, 40.42 seconds over four runs. The German sled had the lead in the two-day competition after the first day and never relinquished it.
The Russian sled piloted by Aleksandr Zoubkov won the silver medal, .13 seconds behind. Claiming the bronze medal was the Swiss sled driven by Martin Annen, .41 seconds off the winning time.
United States sleds finished sixth and seventh. Steve Holcomb was the pilot of the sixth place sled, less than a second in back of Lange.
The seventh place American sled was driven by Todd Hays, 1.02 seconds behind the winners. Four years ago Hays was the silver medal pilot in this event.
Lange joins four other pilots who won both bobsled events in the same Olympics. He also won gold in the four-man bobsled in Salt Lake City.
Completing the championship team for Germany were Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putze.
Germany swept all three bobsled events in Torino, picking gold in the two-woman bobsled as well.
02/25 14:30:57 ET