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Luge at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's Singles

Luge at the 1964 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Artficial Bob and Luge Track, Igls
Date Started: January 30, 1964
Date Finished: February 4, 1964
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Thomas Köhler
Silver: GER Klaus-Michael Bonsack
Bronze: GER Hans Plenk

Summary

Since the inception of the World Championships in 1955, 8 championships had been held, which yielded 7 different winners. Three of them were present at Igls. The 1958 and 1961 World Champion, Jerzy Wojnar (POL) finished way back in the pack, but 1962 champion Thomas Köhler and 1963 winner Fritz Nachmann considered themselves gold medal hopefuls. But Nachmann crashed out in the very first heat, leaving the medals to be divided by his countrymen. Köhler, Klaus-Michael Bonsack and Hans Plenk took the first three places in each of the first three runs. Köhler won the 1st and 3rd run, Bonsack the 2nd. This left them 1.5 seconds or more ahead of the competition, and Köhler’s 0.32 second lead over Bonsack was enough to let him win the final run. The gold and silver medallists, both from East Germany, competed together in the doubles event, which they failed to finish. However, they would return in 1968 to win the gold, making Köhler the first luger to win gold in both events.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Thomas Köhler 23 Germany GER Gold 3:26.77
2 Klaus-Michael Bonsack 22 Germany GER Silver 3:27.04
3 Hans Plenk 25 Germany GER Bronze 3:30.15
4 Rolf Greger Strøm 23 Norway NOR 3:31.21
5 Josef Feistmantl 24 Austria AUT 3:31.34
6 Mieczysław Pawełkiewicz 25 Poland POL 3:33.02
7 Carlo Prinoth 21 Italy ITA 3:33.49
8 Franz Tiefenbacher 21 Austria AUT 3:33.86
9 Manfred Schmid 19 Austria AUT 3:34.04
10 Jan Hamřík 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:34.37
11 Lucjan Kudzia 22 Poland POL 3:34.42
12 Horst Urban 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:34.50
13 Francis Feltman 24 United States USA 3:35.05
14 Mogens Christensen 34 Norway NOR 3:37.67
15 Giampaolo Ambrosi 23 Italy ITA 3:39.06
16 Walter Außerdorfer 24 Italy ITA 3:40.17
17 Tom Neely 25 United States USA 3:40.18
18 Emil Egli 22 Switzerland SUI 3:41.56
19 Jan-Axel Strøm 18 Norway NOR 3:41.98
20 Arnold Gartmann 22 Switzerland SUI 3:42.15
21 Reinhold Senn 27 Austria AUT 3:42.97
22 Mike Hessel 21 United States USA 3:43.30
23 Giovanni Graber 24 Italy ITA 3:48.40
24 Jiří Hujer 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:53.40
25 Keith Schellenberg 34 Great Britain GBR 3:54.76
26 Ulrich Jucker 24 Switzerland SUI 3:55.24
27 Hans Nägele 21 Liechtenstein LIE 4:06.29
28 Jerzy Wojnar 33 Poland POL 4:11.69
29 George Farmer 25 United States USA 4:16.60
30 Magnus Schädler 21 Liechtenstein LIE 4:17.11
31 Jean-Pierre Gottschall 22 Switzerland SUI 4:32.08
AC Gordon Porteus 28 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Roland Urban 23 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Fritz Nachmann 34 Germany GER DNF
AC Edward Fender 21 Poland POL DNF
AC Johann Schädler 24 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Doug Anakin 33 Canada CAN DNF
AC Matiás Stinnes 53 Argentina ARG DNF