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Luge at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): , Trebević
Date Started: February 9, 1984
Date Finished: February 12, 1984
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: ITA Paul Hildgartner
Silver: URS Sergey Danilin
Bronze: URS Valery Dudin

Summary

Since the event was first held at the Olympics in 1964, East German men had won ten of the 15 available medals. But since the Lake Placid Games, the East German men had lost contact with the best in the world. In 1981, Sergey Danilin had become the first Soviet slider to win the World Championships, followed in 1983 by the first Canadian to do so, Miroslav Zajonc. But Zajonc was not present in Sarajevo. A native Czechoslovakian, he had defected to Canada in 1981, but had decided to obtain U.S. citizenship, which rendered him ineligible to compete at the Olympics. He would compete for the United States in the 1988 Olympics. The pre-Olympics held in February 1983 have been won by Paul Hildgartner followed by Danilin.

The first two days of competition were dominated by Ernst Haspinger, who had dramatically lost the 1980 Olympic title, and the surprising East German youngster Torsten Görlitzer. But both sliders faltered on day three, and dropped out of medal contention. The experienced Paul Hildgartner, 1972 Olympic champion in the doubles, and silver medallist in Lake Placid, took the lead, while Danilin moved up with a second place in the run. On the final day, Hildgartner and Danilin again topped the rankings, securing gold and silver medals for them. With another Russian, Dudin, in third, East Germany remained without a medal for the first time in Olympic history. Hildgartner announced his retirement after the title, but he would return to the sport and compete in Calgary.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Paul Hildgartner 31 Italy ITA Gold 3:04.258
2 Sergey Danilin 24 Soviet Union URS Silver 3:04.962
3 Valery Dudin 20 Soviet Union URS Bronze 3:05.012
4 Michael Walter 24 East Germany GDR 3:05.031
5 Torsten Görlitzer 20 East Germany GDR 3:05.129
6 Ernst Haspinger 28 Italy ITA 3:05.327
7 Yury Kharchenko 20 Soviet Union URS 3:05.548
8 Markus Prock 19 Austria AUT 3:05.839
9 Norbert Huber 19 Italy ITA 3:05.909
10 Gerhard Sandbichler 26 Austria AUT 3:06.453
11 Wolfgang Schädler 25 Liechtenstein LIE 3:06.997
12 Thomas Rzeznizok 26 West Germany FRG 3:07.367
13 Norbert Loch 21 East Germany GDR 3:07.714
14 Frank Masley 23 United States USA 3:07.750
15 Georg Fluckinger 28 Austria AUT 3:07.989
16 Dušan Dragojević 23 Yugoslavia YUG 3:09.615
17 David Gilman 29 United States USA 3:09.857
18 Martin Förster 17 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:10.693
19 Fredrik Wickman 25 Sweden SWE 3:10.930
20 Takashi Takagi 21 Japan JPN 3:11.135
21 Timothy Nardiello 23 United States USA 3:11.320
22 Asle Strand 30 Norway NOR 3:11.643
23 Stanislav Ptáčník 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:11.645
24 Tsukasa Hirakawa 20 Japan JPN 3:11.764
25 Sun Kuang-Ming 23 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:15.290
26 Mike Howard 25 Great Britain GBR 3:17.163
27 André Usborne 31 Great Britain GBR 3:17.639
28 Suad Karajica 29 Yugoslavia YUG 3:18.288
29 Chris Prentice 30 Great Britain GBR 3:19.774
30 George Tucker 36 Puerto Rico PUR 3:33.013
AC Johannes Schettel 24 West Germany FRG DQ
AC Ioan Apostol 25 Romania ROU DQ