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.
As the World Champion of 1962 and 1963, Ilse Geisler was considered the most likely winner of the first Olympic luge title for women. The 24-year-old teacher from Saxony expected challenges from the Austrian and Polish women, but was left with only one serious rival after the first run. That was 21-year-old Ortrun Enderlein, who was not only a fellow East German, but also competed for the same club, SC Traktor Obenwiesenthal. Enderlein extended her lead from the first run in the next two descents, leaving her with a 0.84 second lead after three runs. Geisler made one last “do or die” attempted in the final run, but made a major error, and lost nearly two seconds. Fortunately, her lead over Austria’s Leni Thurner (runner-up at the 1963 World Championships) was so large that her silver medal was not endangered.
|AC||Dorothy Hirschland||35||United States||USA||DNF|