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68OLYMPIC REVIEW NICOLA MINICHIELLO ( GBR) - WORLD CHAMPION IVO RÜEGG ( SUI) - WORLD CHAMPION TWO- MAN EVENT You have raced on the Whistler track already, how would you describe it? It's the ultimate as regards speed and technique, with a lot of corners and a fast start. Some tracks favour good drivers while others favour teams who are fast at the start but this one is the best all- round track. For us, it's great. Germany have a strong tradition in bobsleigh but who will be your biggest rivals? Germany and the Americans will have strong teams but for me Canada will be the favourites. We've had a chance to race on the track but Canada have been training on it regularly since it opened and that will be a key part of the race. But, they say it takes eight years to make a great bobsleigh driver, and next year I'll be in my eighth year. What factors make a successful bobsleigh team? We do a lot of work in the off- season, power training and running on the track. We also have two push tracks in England where we can practise our starts. But there's also of lot of visualisation ( of the race). Physically you can do the race only so many times, with corners coming at you at anything up to 95 mph, so you have to visualise it as much as possible to make sure you find the right line. Has winning a first gold world championship medal in the two- man event changed your expectations for Vancouver? It hasn't changed much, to be honest - our intention remains the same. We want to win an Olympic medal, whether it's in the two- man or four- man event. It would be ideal if we could win one from each event. What changes have you made to your approach to competition since you competed at the Turin Games? Now I have the certainty and self- confidence that I can win a big race. This kind of experience was something I didn't have in Turin. We've improved in several departments - athletically, materially and of course mentally. With every track having its own characteristics, what is your opinion of the Whistler track in Vancouver - and who do you expect to excel there next February? The bob run in Whistler/ Vancouver is very fast ( you can reach over 150km/ h). It means you can't afford to make any big mistakes, otherwise your chances of a medal are gone. Also the start is not comparable with other bob runs. After just a few metres, you start to hit high speed. Naturally, I hope we finish ahead of everyone else! BelowRüegg and Minichiello are among the leading contenders for gold in their respective events SPORTS PROFILES