Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Artficial Bob and Luge Track, Igls
Date Started: February 10, 1976
Date Finished: February 10, 1976
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.
As in the two singles events, East Germany was heavily favoured to win the gold medal. Their top entry was the brother team of Bernd and Ulli Hahn, who had grabbed the world title in 1974 and 1975. The other team consisted of Norbert Hahn (not related) and Hans Rinn. Rinn had taken a bronze in the individual event, while they had won two European titles in the doubles. The Hahn brothers disappointed in the first run, placing only sixth. Desperate to make up in the second run, they had mechanical troubles in the very first curve and finished last, dropping to 15th. This paved the way for Rinn and Hahn, who had a slim 0.019 lead after run one on the top West German couple. They had to go down early in the second run, and then had to witness as none of the other teams matched their time.