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Luge at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women'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 Margit Schumann
Silver: GDR Ute Rührold
Bronze: FRG Elisabeth Demleitner

Summary

There was little doubt that the women’s luge title would go to Margit Schumann (DDR). Since placing 3rd at the previous Winter Olympics, she had won all three world titles and all three European titles. The first run gave her a narrow margin over West Germany’s Monika Scheftschik, but Schumann performed poorly in the second heat. A 7th place left her back in fifth place halfway the competition. The second day was again business as usual. Schumann won both runs, breaking the track record of the day before by a quarter of a second, and moving into first place. As she had four years earlier, Ute Rührold won the silver medal, followed by the 1971 World Champion, Elisabeth Demleitner.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Margit Schumann 23 East Germany GDR Gold 2:50.621
2 Ute Rührold 21 East Germany GDR Silver 2:50.846
3 Elisabeth Demleitner 23 West Germany FRG Bronze 2:51.056
4 Eva-Maria Wernicke 22 East Germany GDR 2:51.262
5 Antonia Mayr 26 Austria AUT 2:51.360
6 Margit Graf 24 Austria AUT 2:51.459
7 Monika Scheftschik 22 West Germany FRG 2:51.540
8 Angelika Schafferer 28 Austria AUT 2:52.322
9 Vera Zozuļa 20 Soviet Union URS 2:52.661
10 Dana Beldová-Spálenská 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:53.206
11 Sarah Felder 19 Italy ITA 2:53.623
12 Teresa Bugajczyk 22 Poland POL 2:53.929
13 Barbara Piecha 27 Poland POL 2:54.960
14 Halina Kanasz 23 Poland POL 2:56.335
15 Veronica Holmsten 19 Sweden SWE 2:58.608
16 Maria Luise Rainer 16 Italy ITA 2:59.531
17 Marie-Thérèse Bonnet 21 France FRA 2:59.810
18 Agneta Lindskog 22 Sweden SWE 2:59.943
19 Mieko Ogawa 26 Japan JPN 3:00.730
20 Teruko Yamada 19 Japan JPN 3:00.808
21 Kathleen Ann Roberts-Homstad 24 United States USA 3:01.351
22 Carole Keyes 23 Canada CAN 3:01.883
23 Mary Jane Bowie 27 Canada CAN 3:02.341
24 Karen Roberts 21 United States USA 3:04.083
25 Maura Haponski 18 United States USA 3:04.571
26 Julie Chase 19 Canada CAN 3:13.522