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Luge at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canada Olympic Park, Calgary
Date Started: February 14, 1988
Date Finished: February 15, 1988
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GDR Jens Müller
Silver: FRG Georg Hackl
Bronze: URS Yury Kharchenko

Summary

The 1988 luge competition was between two German sliders who were both at the beginning of a long and successful career. East Germany’s Jens Müller had already stood at the World Championship podium in 1985 (3rd) and 1987 (2nd). His West German rival was Georg Hackl, a 1987 World Championship silver medalist in the doubles event. By surprise, he had taken the European title in the singles event, two weeks prior to the Olympics. In the first run, the two Germans set the tone for the remainder of the competition, Müller placing ahead of Hackl. Meanwhile, title favorites Kharchenko and Prock, the reigning World Champion, were further back in the field. Müller then consolidated his lead on Hackl, always finishing ahead of his closest rival and winning three out of four runs. Behind Müller, the race was quite close. Hackl’s third run was rather poor, and he’d dropped to fourth place. But in the final descent, he edged out both Kharchenko and Thomas Jacob (GDR) to win the Olympic silver – his first but certainly not his last Olympic medal. The two final runs were held under stormy weather conditions, and West Germany and Canada lodged protests because of this, but these were not upheld.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Jens Müller 22 East Germany GDR Gold 3:05.548
2 Georg Hackl 21 West Germany FRG Silver 3:05.916
3 Yury Kharchenko 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze 3:06.274
4 Thomas Jacob 22 East Germany GDR 3:06.358
5 Michael Walter 28 East Germany GDR 3:06.933
6 Sergey Danilin 28 Soviet Union URS 3:07.098
7 Johannes Schettel 28 West Germany FRG 3:07.371
8 Hansjörg Raffl 30 Italy ITA 3:07.525
9 Otto Mayregger 25 Austria AUT 3:07.619
10 Paul Hildgartner 35 Italy ITA 3:07.696
11 Markus Prock 23 Austria AUT 3:07.735
12 Frank Masley 27 United States USA 3:07.943
13 Max Burghardtswieser 20 West Germany FRG 3:08.186
14 Duncan Kennedy 20 United States USA 3:08.472
15 Kurt Brugger 18 Italy ITA 3:08.621
16 Petr Urban 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:08.624
17 Valery Dudin 24 Soviet Union URS 3:08.880
18 Kazuhiko Takamatsu 23 Japan JPN 3:09.015
19 Harington Telford 21 Canada CAN 3:09.298
20 Mikael Holm 19 Sweden SWE 3:09.658
21 Luboš Jíra 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 3:10.857
22 Macleod Nicol 29 Great Britain GBR 3:10.957
23 Jon Owen 24 United States USA 3:11.464
24 Chris Wightman 21 Canada CAN 3:11.666
25 Anders Näsström 23 Sweden SWE 3:11.722
26 Toru Ito 21 Japan JPN 3:12.673
27 Nil Labrecque 22 Canada CAN 3:12.727
28 Nick Ovett 21 Great Britain GBR 3:13.308
29 Pablo García 20 Spain ESP 3:13.478
30 Stephen Brialey 24 Great Britain GBR 3:13.621
31 Raúl Muñiz 31 Puerto Rico PUR 3:20.962
32 Sun Kuang-Ming 27 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:21.600
33 Rubén González 25 Argentina ARG 3:21.827
34 George Tucker 40 Puerto Rico PUR 3:27.125
35 Raymund Ocampo 35 Philippines PHI 3:27.661
36 Bart Carpentier Alting 33 Netherlands Antilles AHO 3:29.913
AC Gerhard Sandbichler 30 Austria AUT DQ
AC Peter Beck 22 Liechtenstein LIE DNF