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Luge at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Mount Teine Luge Course, Mount Teine
Date Started: February 4, 1972
Date Finished: February 7, 1972
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GDR Anna-Maria Müller
Silver: GDR Ute Rührold
Bronze: GDR Margit Schumann

Summary

As in the men’s event, the East German medal sweep was not expected beforehand. The East Germans had not won medals at the last two World Championships, although they had done better at the European Championships, with Anna-Maria Müller winning in 1970 and Ute Rührold in 1972. These two lugers, both from SC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, would compete for the gold in Sapporo, together with a third East German, Margit Schumann. Competition started with a tie in the first run between Schumann and Rührold, but Müller grabbed the lead with a strong second descent. Schumann won the third run, leaving her 0.12 seconds between the three (Müller ahead of Rührold and Schumann) at three-quarters of the competition. Müller, who had missed a silver medal in 1968 because of a disqualification, did not give away her position and won the final run. Müller might have won more international medals if she would have competed on Sundays, but a strict Catholic, she always refused this.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Anna-Maria Müller 22 East Germany GDR Gold 2:59.18
2 Ute Rührold 17 East Germany GDR Silver 2:59.49
3 Margit Schumann 19 East Germany GDR Bronze 2:59.54
4 Elisabeth Demleitner 19 West Germany FRG 3:00.80
5 Yuko Otaka 21 Japan JPN 3:00.98
6T Wiesława Martyka 22 Poland POL 3:02.33
6T Halina Kanasz 19 Poland POL 3:02.33
8 Sarah Felder 15 Italy ITA 3:02.90
9 Barbara Piecha 23 Poland POL 3:03.07
10 Christa Schmuck 28 West Germany FRG 3:03.19
11 Angelika Schafferer 24 Austria AUT 3:04.06
12 Nina Shashkova 24 Soviet Union URS 3:04.38
13 Hiroko Shibuya 24 Japan JPN 3:04.45
14 Antonia Mayr 22 Austria AUT 3:04.60
15 Kathleen Ann Roberts-Homstad 20 United States USA 3:05.98
16 Margit Graf 20 Austria AUT 3:06.29
17 Nina Ignatyeva 23 Soviet Union URS 3:06.45
18 Gisela Otto 20 West Germany FRG 3:06.54
19 Miyako Kawase 20 Japan JPN 3:08.10
20 Nataliya Omsheva 24 Soviet Union URS 3:08.27
AC Peggy Frair 21 United States USA DNF
AC Erika Lechner 24 Italy ITA DNF