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Luge at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women'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 Ortrun Enderlein
Silver: GER Ilse Geisler
Bronze: AUT Leni Thurner

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Ortrun Enderlein 20 Germany GER Gold 3:24.67
2 Ilse Geisler 23 Germany GER Silver 3:27.42
3 Leni Thurner 25 Austria AUT Bronze 3:29.06
4 Irena Pawełczyk 29 Poland POL 3:30.52
5 Barbara Gorgoń-Flont 28 Poland POL 3:32.73
6 Olina Hátlová-Tylová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:32.76
7 Friederike Matejka 20 Austria AUT 3:34.68
8 Helena Macher 26 Poland POL 3:35.87
9 Hana Nesvadbová 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:36.10
10 Minna Blüml 43 Germany GER 3:36.32
11 Ursula Amstein 20 Switzerland SUI 3:42.81
12 Elisabeth Nagele 30 Switzerland SUI 3:43.29
13 Erica Prugger 18 Italy ITA 4:13.19
AC Monika Lücker 20 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Antonia Lanthaler 17 Austria AUT DNF
AC Erika Außersdorfer 23 Italy ITA DNF
AC Dee Hirschland 35 United States USA DNF