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Luge at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): The Spiral, Asakawa, Nagano
Date Started: February 8, 1998
Date Finished: February 9, 1998
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Georg Hackl
Silver: ITA Armin Zöggeler
Bronze: GER Jens Müller

Summary

In truth little had changed since the Lillehammer Games and the same men who contested the medals in 1992 and 1994 were expected to challenge again in Nagano. In eight of the previous 11 years Markus Prock of Austria had won the World Cup overall title by accumulating the most points in a season but only once in the nineties had he beat reigning Olympic champion Georg Hackl of Germany in a major championship. Their rivalry was a classic duel between Prock, the natural talent, and the relentless Hackl whose concentration levels were legendary.

The younger generation of lugers was represented by 24-year-old Armin Zöggeler who had won the 1995 World Championships. Zöggeler had been the star of the season before Nagano and surprisingly Hackl had not won any of the six races before the Olympics.

Hackl arrived in Japan with a secret weapon in the shape of a pair of aerodynamically enhanced boots but even if the boots did give him an advantage it would be hard to deny that sheer talent won him the title. In fact Hackl’s most dangerous opponent was probably the jury of appeal but a complaint against the legality of his new boots by the North American teams was dismissed. The German was remarkably consistent and won all four runs each time recording a time over a tenth of a second faster than his rivals. Zöggeler and 1988 champion Jens Müller completed the podium with Markus Prock some distance behind them in fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Georg Hackl 31 Germany GER Gold 3:18.436
2 Armin Zöggeler 24 Italy ITA Silver 3:18.939
3 Jens Müller 32 Germany GER Bronze 3:19.093
4 Markus Prock 33 Austria AUT 3:19.656
5 Markus Kleinheinz 21 Austria AUT 3:19.724
6 Wendel Suckow 30 United States USA 3:19.728
7 Gerhard Gleirscher 28 Austria AUT 3:19.785
8 Reinhold Rainer 24 Italy ITA 3:19.946
9 Adam Heidt 20 United States USA 3:20.098
10 Norbert Huber 33 Italy ITA 3:20.138
11 Mikael Holm 29 Sweden SWE 3:20.798
12 Karsten Albert 29 Germany GER 3:21.104
13 Larry Dolan 22 United States USA 3:21.128
14 Mārtiņš Rubenis 19 Latvia LAT 3:22.152
15 Clay Ives 25 Canada CAN 3:22.275
16 Shigeaki Ushijima 20 Japan JPN 3:22.303
17 Guntis Rēķis 23 Latvia LAT 3:22.315
18 Tyler Seitz 21 Canada CAN 3:22.442
19 Bengt Walden 24 Sweden SWE 3:22.552
20 Aleksandr Zubkov 23 Russia RUS 3:22.701
21 Anders Söderberg 26 Sweden SWE 3:23.029
22 Reto Gilly 26 Switzerland SUI 3:23.352
23 Ismar Biogradlić 23 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 3:25.169
24 Spyros Pinas 24 Greece GRE 3:25.380
25 Sandris Berzinš 21 Latvia LAT 3:25.391
26 Ion Cristian Stanciu 24 Romania ROU 3:26.523
27 Patrick Singleton 23 Bermuda BER 3:27.095
28 Shiva Keshavan 16 India IND 3:28.385
29 Lee Gi-Ro 22 South Korea KOR 3:34.721
30 Hsieh Hsiang-Chun 23 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:34.769
31 Gang Gwang-Bae 24 South Korea KOR 3:35.958
32 Lee Yong 19 South Korea KOR 3:40.407
AC Albert Demchenko 26 Russia RUS DQ
AC Andrus Paul 22 Estonia EST DQ