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Luge at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Bobsleigh and Luge Track, Hunderfossen
Date Started: February 15, 1994
Date Finished: February 16, 1994
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: ITA Gerda Weissensteiner
Silver: GER Susi Erdmann
Bronze: AUT Andrea Tagwerker

Summary

Gerda Weissensteiner had become the first Italian to win the Women’s World Championship in 1993 and arrived in Lillehammer with the intention of matching Erica Außendorfer-Lechner’s 1968 heroics and taking the title back to Italy and more particularly the Sud-Tirol. To do so she would have to turn back challenges from Austria and Germany as both countries could pick an entire squad of medal contenders.

In the end the great shock was the ease of Weissensteiner’s victory as she won all four runs and finished with a lead of three quarters of a second. This margin was greater than the combined winning margins of the previous three Olympics. Behind her Susi Erdmann of Germany traded up from bronze in 1992 to silver this time around and Andrea Tagwerker of Austria, who had faltered on the last day in Albertville, held on to claim bronze.

Weissensteiner and Erdmann followed identical paths in their winter sports career. After competing against each other in the luge competitions of 1992, 1994 and 1998 they both switched to bobsleigh and were Olympic rivals again in 2002 and 2006.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Gerda Weissensteiner 25 Italy ITA Gold 3:15.517
2 Susi Erdmann 26 Germany GER Silver 3:16.276
3 Andrea Tagwerker 23 Austria AUT Bronze 3:16.652
4 Angelika Neuner 24 Austria AUT 3:16.901
5 Natalie Obkircher 23 Italy ITA 3:16.937
6 Gabi Kohlisch 30 Germany GER 3:17.197
7 Irina Gubkina 21 Russia RUS 3:17.198
8 Nataliya Yakushenko 21 Ukraine UKR 3:17.378
9 Anna Orlova 21 Latvia LAT 3:17.487
10 Doris Neuner 22 Austria AUT 3:17.826
11 Cammy Myler 25 United States USA 3:17.834
12 Bethany Calcaterra-McMahon 19 United States USA 3:18.005
13 Pia Wedege 22 Norway NOR 3:18.047
14 Jana Bode 24 Germany GER 3:18.101
15 Mária Jasenčáková 36 Slovakia SVK 3:18.456
16 Evija Šulce 23 Latvia LAT 3:18.957
17 Iluta Gaile 25 Latvia LAT 3:19.049
18 Olga Novikova 21 Russia RUS 3:19.977
19 Helen Novikov 17 Estonia EST 3:20.333
20 Anne Abernathy 40 United States Virgin Islands ISV 3:20.831
21 Adriana Turea 18 Romania ROU 3:21.861
22 Sorina Grigore 20 Romania ROU 3:23.204
23 Verona Marjanović 20 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 3:24.779
24 Greta Sebald 28 Greece GRE 4:14.141
AC Erin Warren 22 United States USA DNF