Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canada Olympic Park, Calgary
Date Started: February 19, 1988
Date Finished: February 19, 1988
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.
It was expected that the gold medal in this event would go to Jochen Pietzsch and Jörg Hoffmann. They had won the last three World Championships, and had taken the bronze in Sarajevo. In Calgary, they gained one-tenth of a second in the first run, and lost only one-thousandth in the next one, leading them to their expected gold medal. Behind them, their club mates Behrendt/Krauße slid to a surprising silver medal, not having previous experience at major championships. As usual, the two-run doubles competition was close, especially the battle for bronze. Belyakov/Belousov (URS) who were leading the World Cup standings, were in bronze medal position after one run, but tumbled to seventh with a disappointing second run. The West German duo Schwab/Wolfgang was able to benefit from this mishap, and despite only placing 5th in the second run they moved from fourth to third.