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Luge at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Bobsleigh and Luge Track, Hunderfossen
Date Started: February 13, 1994
Date Finished: February 14, 1994
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Georg Hackl
Silver: AUT Markus Prock
Bronze: ITA Armin Zöggeler

Summary

Although America’s [Wendell Suckow] scored an upset victory at the 1993 World Championship the consensus was that the two men who had placed first and second at the Albertville Olympics would still be the men to beat at Lillehammer. Olympic champion Georg Hackl of Germany was a consummate championship performer whilst Austria’s Markus Prock had proved his consistency by winning three successive World Cups.

The first two runs were taken by Hackl but his lead over Prock was limited to just a hundredth of a second at half way. The third run changed things around as the German could not quite match Prock’s speed and the Austrian rose to the gold medal position, but this was a position he could not hang on to permanently. Prock’s time on the final run was only seventh fastest and the clock stopped to reveal that Hackl had retained his title by a miniscule nine hundreths of a second. Hackl became the first man in history to successfully defend an Olympic singles title. In his first Olympic Games Italian Armin Zöggeler took home the bronze meal. This was a task made considerably easier by the crash that ended the hopes of America’s Duncan Kennedy on the third run.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Georg Hackl 27 Germany GER Gold 3:21.571
2 Markus Prock 29 Austria AUT Silver 3:21.584
3 Armin Zöggeler 20 Italy ITA Bronze 3:21.833
4 Arnold Huber 26 Italy ITA 3:22.418
5 Wendel Suckow 26 United States USA 3:22.424
6 Norbert Huber 29 Italy ITA 3:22.474
7 Gerhard Gleirscher 24 Austria AUT 3:22.569
8 Jens Müller 28 Germany GER 3:22.580
9 Albert Demchenko 22 Russia RUS 3:22.627
10 Markus Schmidt 25 Austria AUT 3:23.114
11 Sergey Danilin 34 Russia RUS 3:23.261
12 Mikael Holm 25 Sweden SWE 3:24.049
13 Anders Söderberg 22 Sweden SWE 3:24.099
14 Eduard Burmistrov 25 Russia RUS 3:24.393
15 Alexander Bau 23 Germany GER 3:24.413
16 Robert Pipkins 20 United States USA 3:24.580
17 Bengt Walden 20 Sweden SWE 3:24.852
18 Agris Elerts 26 Latvia LAT 3:25.993
19 Jozef Škvarek 30 Slovakia SVK 3:26.522
20 Clay Ives 21 Canada CAN 3:26.686
21 Juris Vovčoks 22 Latvia LAT 3:26.948
22 Kazuhiko Takamatsu 29 Japan JPN 3:27.103
23 Kyle Heikkila 22 United States Virgin Islands ISV 3:27.236
24 Spyros Pinas 20 Greece GRE 3:27.812
25 Yuji Sasaki 22 Japan JPN 3:28.478
26 Paul Hix 19 Great Britain GBR 3:29.115
27 Marco Felder 19 Liechtenstein LIE 3:29.409
28 Atsushi Sasaki 22 Japan JPN 3:29.796
29 Reto Gilly 22 Switzerland SUI 3:30.427
30 Simon Payne 29 Bermuda BER 3:30.637
31 Nedžad Lomigora 22 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 3:34.128
32 Roger White 28 Australia AUS 3:43.062
AC Duncan Kennedy 26 United States USA DNF