Altenberg (dpa) - Immediately after his record victory with the tenth World Cup success, Francesco Friedrich is aiming for the fifth double since 2017.

"Now we're concentrating fully on the four-man," said the 30-year-old from Saxony, who has won all the races at the Olympics and World Championships since the 2017 World Championships at Königssee - back then in the four-man bobsleigh with Johannes Lochner.

Even in the premier class, the perfectionist in the Altenberg ice channel relies on the FES vehicle from the Institute for Research and Development of Sports Equipment (FES).

«We have made a giant leap forward in our collaboration.

This is extremely important, especially with a view to Beijing, ”said the double Olympic champion from Pyeongchang, who also drove a four-man bobsleigh from the Austrian manufacturer Hannes Wallner during the winter.


Because in his hunt for top marks, Friedrich is only missing the Olympic record.

André Lange holds this position as a pilot with four Olympic victories and one silver medal.

“I would need a gold medal in 2026,” said Friedrich, if the double in Beijing were to succeed.

He doesn't want to make the decision until after the 2023 World Cup in St. Moritz.

That was when his World Cup winning streak began in 2013 as the youngest world champion in bobsleigh history.

This winter Friedrich had already surpassed Lange's record with 45 World Cup victories.

Friedrich currently has 52 successes after the season finale in Innsbruck / Igls.

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