Guys named Gustav and Guido and Gunther will take the medals back to Switzerland and Italy.
Gregory Sun will return to the University of Idaho with the pride of having proved something to himself and the world bobsledding community.
Sun is driver for the Trinidad and Tobago two-man bobsled team, which finished 37th in a 43-sled field at this weekend's Winter Olympics competition at Lillehammer, Norway.
The first athlete ever to carry his country's flag in the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics,
Sun and his brakeman turned in remarkably consistent times for their four runs: 55.09 and 54.88 on Saturday and 55.14 and 55.13 on Sunday for a cumulative time of 3 minutes 40.24 seconds.
That's less than 10 seconds behind the Swiss sled that captured the gold medal.
''I was competitive, but they had better sleds,'' said Sun, who works at the UI for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a research assistant in animal diseases.
Sun raced with a 1987-'88 vintage sled he rented from a Norwegian bobsled club. He said in a telephone interview from the Olympic Village Sunday a lot of bobsleds will be for sale following the competition. The top teams will develop new, faster sleds, making their old ones expendable.
Sun, who estimates his Olympic experience has already cost him $9,000, said it might be time for some ''wheeling and dealing'' on a bobsleigh, the term used by the native of the former British colony of Trinidad and Tobago.
The team has no sponsors, but Sun said Adidas was kind enough to provide shoes and gloves and bobsledding suits at Lillehammer.
Sun hails from Port-of-Spain, capital city of the island nation off the coast of Venezuela.
The 30-year-old Sun brought realistic expectations but a competitive spirit to Lillehammer. Oh, and something else a sense of humor.
Sun said he's considering making the jump to four-man bobsled competition, recruiting team members from the army, as many nations do.
Yes, Trinidad and Tobago has an army.
''We have to protect ourselves from Venezuela.''
Sun and his brakeman, Nebraskan Curtis Harry, posted times good enough to finish ahead of squads from American Samoa, San Marino, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Is
''The bottom 10 teams kind of hang out together, and they have their own race within a race,'' Sun said.
Sun said the two-man squa
d from Jamaica which ushered warm-we
ather countries int
o the world of bobsledding at the 1988 Calgary Games was disqualified for excess weight.
Driver, brakeman and sled can't weigh more than 390 kilograms. The Trinidad and Tobago team flirted with that figure, weighing in at 389.8 kilos duri
ng training runs.
''We hadn't been eating for
two days'' by the ti
me actual competition started, Sun said.
The Jamaican four-man bobsled team, featuring former UI student and employee Christian Stokes as brakeman, will train for that event this week.
Sun, who plans to return to Moscow about March 1, said he'll probably be there watching and picking up bobsledding pointers. He has already learned by listening to advice from more experienced athletes and by doing.
Sun wasn't sure, for example, when to quit pushing the sled at the start and climb aboard.
''I ran un
til I didn't see any marks anymore (from previous pushers), and I got in.''
Sun also brought a coach from New York to Lillehammer for the Games.
''I don't listen anymore,'' said Sun, who explained he had to work out a teacher-pupil relationship he could live with.
''I'll make it down, and you tell me what you see wrong,'' he instructed the coach.
Sun also learned by crashing, which he did in January during a training run at Cortina, Italy, and at Calgary over Thanksgiving.
The Calgary crash, in his first-ever bobsled run, prompted comments of, ''See you sometime again,'' from other athletes, who didn't figure they'd ever see Sun again.
Questions about his ability to negotiate the Hunderfossen course outside Lillehammer continued last week, as international officials asked whether he really wanted to go ahead with competition.
Sun said he'
s bruised and mentally and physically exhausted, but the trip to Norway was worth it.
''I proved them all wrong.''