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Luge at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Artficial Bob and Luge Track, Igls
Date Started: February 4, 1976
Date Finished: February 7, 1976
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GDR Dettlef Günther
Silver: FRG Josef Fendt
Bronze: GDR Hans Rinn

Summary

Once more, the competitors from East and West Germany divided the medals among them. The strength of the East German team was shown from the fact that the reigning World Champion and 1972 bronze medallist, Wolfram Fiedler, did not make the cut. This left 1973 World Champion Hans Rinn as the clear favourite. But he made a serious error in the first run, putting him 0.6 seconds behind Dettlef Günther, who had been the 1975 European Champion, but had only managed a 7th spot at the World Championships. Günther would also win the 3rd and 4th run, giving him a comfortable lead. Only West German Josef Fendt could seriously challenge him, but even the former World Champion (1970, 1973) had to concede half a second in the final standings.

The unluckiest slider in Innsbruck was without a doubt Huang Liu-Chong. He was actually the best non-European, as shown by his performances in the first and fourth run, but he finished last because of two crashes in the other two runs. Remarkably, he did finish both times, but ended up more than one minute behind the next-to-last luger – a huge gap in luge terms.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Dettlef Günther 21 East Germany GDR Gold 3:27.688
2 Josef Fendt 28 West Germany FRG Silver 3:28.196
3 Hans Rinn 22 East Germany GDR Bronze 3:28.574
4 Hans-Heinrich Winkler 21 East Germany GDR 3:29.454
5 Manfred Schmid 31 Austria AUT 3:29.511
6 Anton Winkler 21 West Germany FRG 3:29.520
7 Reinhold Sulzbacher 31 Austria AUT 3:30.398
8 Dainis Bremze 21 Soviet Union URS 3:30.576
9 Rudolf Schmid 24 Austria AUT 3:31.419
10 Vladimir Shitov 23 Soviet Union URS 3:32.570
11 Karl Brunner 24 Italy ITA 3:33.188
12 Jan Kasielski 21 Poland POL 3:34.189
13 Aigars Krikis 21 Soviet Union URS 3:34.695
14 Stanislav Ptáčník 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:34.838
15 Stefan Kjernholm 24 Sweden SWE 3:34.990
16 Mirosław Więckowski 23 Poland POL 3:35.220
17 Michael Gårdebäck 19 Sweden SWE 3:36.148
18 Jindřich Zeman 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:36.167
19 Andrzej Piekoszewski 25 Poland POL 3:36.259
20 Morten Nordeide Johansen 24 Norway NOR 3:36.879
21 Nils Vinberg 18 Sweden SWE 3:38.479
22 Christian Strøm 28 Norway NOR 3:38.792
23 Vladimír Resl 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:40.235
24 Hidetoshi Sato 25 Japan JPN 3:40.931
25 Richard Cavanaugh 27 United States USA 3:41.357
26 Jim Murray 29 United States USA 3:42.152
27 Kazuaki Ichikawa 26 Japan JPN 3:42.442
28 Terry O'Brien 32 United States USA 3:42.536
29 Michel de Carvalho 31 Great Britain GBR 3:42.665
30 Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson 32 Great Britain GBR 3:42.724
31 Larry Arbuthnot 28 Canada CAN 3:42.784
32 Max Beck 24 Liechtenstein LIE 3:44.782
33 Richard Liversedge 35 Great Britain GBR 3:44.839
34 Shieh Wei-Cheng 19 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:45.200
35 Michael Shragge Canada CAN 3:46.292
36 Bjørn Dyrdahl 31 Norway NOR 3:47.044
37 Peter Gschnitzer 22 Italy ITA 4:08.760
38 Huang Liu-Chong 25 Chinese Taipei TPE 5:22.646
AC Paul Hildgartner 23 Italy ITA DNF
AC Rainer Gassner 17 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Wolfgang Schädler 17 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Denis Michaud 29 Canada CAN DQ
AC Stefan Hölzlwimmer 24 West Germany FRG DNF