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||Dee Hirschland||35||United States||USA||DNF|