Date of Birth:  February 7, 1981
 Place of Birth: Canora, SK
 Residence: Rama, SK
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  6'0"
 Weight: 194 lbs

Born in rural Saskatchewan, Ken Kotyk filled his days as a youngster playing every sport under the sun. His favourites were badminton, basketball, volleyball and track. By the time he got to the University of Saskatchewan to study kinesiology, he had whittled down his passions to volleyball and track. It was during his time at the University that Kotyk met track coach Todd Johnston. Seeing firsthand the kind of speed and strength Kotyk possessed, Johnston suggested he take a crack at bobsleigh.

Kotyk took to the new sport immediately. Over his three years in the bobsleigh programme, he has become an indispensable member of legendary Canadian pilot Pierre Lueders' four-man crew. In fact, during the 2005-06 season, Kotyk has been a big part of Lueders' success. The crew won gold at the Canadian Championships and bronze at the World Championships. On the World Cup circuit, they've been one of the year's best teams, winning gold at a race in Konigssee, Germany and silver at a race in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Along with Lueders, Lascelles Brown and Morgan Alexander, Kotyk comes to his first Olympics in Turin with an excellent chance to earn a medal.

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