Date of Birth:  December 25, 1977
 Place of Birth: Rothenberg, Germany
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'11"
 Weight: 203 lbs

Like many bobsledders, Florian Linder comes to the sport with a background in track and field. A former Alberta sprint champion, Linder excelled in both the 60m and the 200m while studying kinesiology at the University of Calgary.

Linder began his bobsleigh career during the 2002-03 season, racing primarily in the two-man with Jayson Krause. The pair, one of the youngest full-time crews on the circuit that year, enjoyed some early success that season, picking up a pair of ninth-place finishes in World Cup races in Winterberg, Germany, and in St. Moritz, Switzerland. At the 2003 World Championships in Lake Placid, NY, the duo finished ninth once again.

The following season, Linder picked up a sixth-place result at a two-man race in Winterberg. His improving results were beginning to turn heads and, by 2005, he found himself racing in Pierre Lueder's four-man crew. With Lueders, he won the four-man Canadian title, as well as a silver medal at a World Cup stop in St. Moritz.

As the 2005-06 campaign has progessed, Linder has switched to Canada's number two sled piloted by up-and-comer Serge Despres. Racing in the second sled diminishes Linder's chances at picking up a medal in Turin, but the experience should be invaluable as he continues to develop his bobsleigh skills.

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