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Luge at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 19, 1980
Date Finished: February 19, 1980
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GDR East Germany-1
Silver: ITA Italy-1
Bronze: AUT Austria-1

Summary

The defending champions from East Germany, Hans Rinn and Norbert Hahn, had become World Champions in 1977, and won the European title in 1978 and 1980. But as in the women’s competition, the Soviets had joined the top nations when, Dainis Bremze and Aigars Krikis (both Latvians) had won the World Championships in 1978. The West Germans put their hopes on the defending World Champions, Hans Brandner and Balthasar Schwarm, who had won silver in Innsbruck four years earlier. But these latter two duos would not impress at Lake Placid. Bremze suffered from a hand injury and they placed only 11th, while Brandner/Schwarm disappointed in 6th. Instead, Rinn and Hahn won the first run, and placed second in the final run to become the first sliders to retain their Olympic title. Behind them, Gschnitzer/Brunner won silver for Italy, and Fluckinger/Schrott took Austria’s only luge medal in 1980.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 East Germany-1 GDR Gold 1:19.331
2 Italy-1 ITA Silver 1:19.606
3 Austria-1 AUT Bronze 1:19.795
4 East Germany-2 GDR 1:19.914
5 Italy-2 ITA 1:19.976
6 West Germany-1 FRG 1:20.012
7 West Germany-2 FRG 1:20.063
8 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:20.142
9 Austria-2 AUT 1:20.503
10 Soviet Union-1 URS 1:20.662
11 United States-1 USA 1:21.341
12 Sweden SWE 1:21.439
13 Japan JPN 1:22.534
14 Great Britain-1 GBR 1:22.567
15 Romania ROU 1:22.666
16 Liechtenstein LIE 1:23.395
17 Soviet Union-2 URS 1:25.144
18 United States-2 USA 1:28.853
19 Great Britain-2 GBR 1:30.899