Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Mount Teine Bobsleigh Course, Mount Teine
Date Started: February 4, 1972
Date Finished: February 5, 1972
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.
The title of world champion had changed hands at each championship since 1968. Firstly [De Zordo] of Italy then [Floth] of West Germany and finally, in 1971, Italian [Gianfranco Gaspari] had claimed the world crown but in hindsight the most important clue to Olympic form happened just a few weeks before the Games began. On January 14 in St. Moritz the two German crews dominated the European Championship with [Wolfgang Zimmerer] and [Peter Utzschneider] narrowly defeating compatriots [Floth] and [Bader] for the gold medal.
At Sapporo Zimmerer put in two spectacular performances on his first two runs and was virtually assured of the gold medal by the end of the first day.
After a disappointing first day West Germany I driven by Horst Floth recovered to place ahead of Switzerland for silver for a repeat of the European Championship placings.
At their first attempt at the Games Japan I finished a respectable fifteenth and ahead of crews from USA, Canada and Great Britain.