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Luge at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 13, 1980
Date Finished: February 16, 1980
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: URS Vera Zozuļa
Silver: GDR Melitta Sollmann
Bronze: URS Ingrīda Amantova

Summary

Up to 1976, German speaking sliders, from Austria, East and West Germany and Italy had dominated luge. But in 1977, the Soviet Union became a new top nation in the sport. They had been training on the country’s only track near the Latvian town of Sigulda, and consequently most lugers from the USSR were Latvians. They especially came to the forefront in the women’s competitions. In 1977, Vera Zozuļa won a silver medal at the World Championships, upgrading her performance to first place the next year. At Lake Placid, she was clearly the best in competition, winning each of the four runs. Behind her, fellow Latvian Ingrīda Amantova battled with reigning World Champion Melitta Sollmann, Ilona Brand (both DDR) and two-time European Champion Elisabeth Demleitner (FRG) for the remaining medals. After three runs, Amantova and Brand were in medal positions, but both had a relatively poor final run, and Sollmann moved up to silver medal position, while Brand dropped off the podium.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Vera Zozuļa 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 2:36.537
2 Melitta Sollmann 21 East Germany GDR Silver 2:37.657
3 Ingrīda Amantova 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze 2:37.817
4 Elisabeth Demleitner 27 West Germany FRG 2:37.918
5 Ilona Brand 21 East Germany GDR 2:38.115
6 Margit Schumann 27 East Germany GDR 2:38.255
7 Angelika Schafferer 32 Austria AUT 2:38.935
8 Astra Rībena 20 Soviet Union URS 2:39.011
9 Mária Jasenčáková 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:39.429
10 Christine Brunner 20 Austria AUT 2:39.823
11 Angelika Aukenthaler 18 Italy ITA 2:40.651
12 Andrea Fendt 20 West Germany FRG 2:41.391
13 Agneta Lindskog 26 Sweden SWE 2:41.617
14 Annefried Göllner 16 Austria AUT 2:41.636
15 Debra Genovese 24 United States USA 2:42.926
16 Monika Auer 22 Italy ITA 2:43.033
17 Donna Burke 25 United States USA 2:43.685
18 Carole Keyes 27 Canada CAN 2:43.899
19 Anneli Näsström 18 Sweden SWE 2:43.959
20 Elena Stan 21 Romania ROU 2:44.466
21 Maria Maioru 20 Romania ROU 2:44.595
22 Danielle Nadeau 25 Canada CAN 2:44.621
23 Joanna Weaver 22 Great Britain GBR 2:45.281
AC Maria Luise Rainer 20 Italy ITA DNF
AC Avril Walker 25 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Susan Charlesworth 26 United States USA DNF