Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Bobsleigh and Luge Track, La Plagne
Date Started: February 15, 1992
Date Finished: February 16, 1992
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.
The end of the German Democratic Republic meant that the familiar pale blue East German sleds were no longer to be seen at the Winter Olympics but the German team was, along with Switzerland, the class of the field and the nations had shared the world titles between 1989 and 1991.
At the halfway stage the top three positions were filled not by the expected favourites but by Great Britain, Italy and the second string Austrian sled. Switzerland I made the decisive move on the penultimate run, recording the fastest time, and leaping from fifth into the lead.
Gustav Weder and Donat Acklin could not be overhauled in the last run and took the Olympic title back to Switzerland after a gap of twelve years. The two German sleds also recovered from their poor starts and a strong performance on their final descents moved them in second and third places.
The brakeman for the USA I team that placed seventh was Herschel Walker. Walker, a star in America’s National Football League, had to rely on the failure of his Minnesota Vikings team to make the end of season play-offs in order to claim an Olympic berth. Despite the inexperience of many of the drivers at championship level all 46 crews negotiated the four-run event.
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