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Luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Utah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah
Date Started: February 12, 2002
Date Finished: February 13, 2002
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Sylke Otto
Silver: GER Babsi Niedernhuber
Bronze: GER Silke Kraushaar

Summary

The women’s luge provided the most predictable result of the entire 2002 Winter Olympic Games. You could make a strong case that German national championships were a better quality event than the one that took place in Salt Lake City and to be picked for the German Olympic team was, barring disasters, a ticket to the podium. To the surprise of absolutely no one Germany swept the medals and the trio of Sylke Otto, Barbara Niedernhuber and Silke Kraushaar set the three fastest times in all four runs. Sylke Otto made her Olympic début in 1992 but, despite being one of the best in the world throughout the 90s, she was overlooked in 1994 and 1998 for the Olympic team, but successive world titles in 2000 and 2001 sealed her place in Park City. Barbara Niedernhuber who finished behind Otto in second was a silver medal specialist and won two Olympic medals and five World Championship medals of that colour.

This was the first medal sweep for a unified Germany in this event although the GDR had performed this feat on three occasions (1972,1984,1988) and the 1976 podium was shared between East and West German lugers.

The only crash of the competition was a spectacular one. Iginia Boccalandro’s only run, already a wild one, ended when she was violently thrown from her sled and came close to being thrown over the wall and into the crowd. She bounced off the wall and slid in an undignified heap around another two corners eventually coming to rest in the middle of the next straight. The Venezuelan suffered only bruising and ice burns. Not so lucky was track worker Drake Self as he had the top of the index finger sliced off attempting to retrieve her sled.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Sylke Otto 32 Germany GER Gold 2:52.464
2 Babsi Niedernhuber 27 Germany GER Silver 2:52.785
3 Silke Kraushaar 31 Germany GER Bronze 2:52.865
4 Angelika Neuner 32 Austria AUT 2:54.162
5 Becky Wilczak 21 United States USA 2:54.254
6 Liliya Ludan 32 Ukraine UKR 2:54.499
7 Sonja Manzenreiter 26 Austria AUT 2:54.537
8 Ashley Hayden 20 United States USA 2:54.658
9 Anna Orlova 29 Latvia LAT 2:54.739
10 Iluta Gaile 33 Latvia LAT 2:55.073
11 Simone Eder 27 Austria AUT 2:55.102
12 Regan Lauscher 21 Canada CAN 2:55.118
13 Courtney Zablocki 21 United States USA 2:55.154
14 Margarita Klimenko 22 Russia RUS 2:55.560
15 Anastasia Oberstolz-Antonova 20 Russia RUS 2:55.669
16 Waltraud Schiefer 22 Italy ITA 2:55.716
17 Natalie Obkircher 31 Italy ITA 2:55.727
18 Maija Tīruma 18 Latvia LAT 2:55.931
19 Markéta Jeriová 25 Czech Republic CZE 2:56.130
20 Oryslava Chukhlib 27 Ukraine UKR 2:56.281
21 Veronika Sabolová 21 Slovakia SVK 2:56.312
22 Maria Feichter 19 Italy ITA 2:56.450
23 Angie Paul 26 New Zealand NZL 2:56.475
24 Mélanie Ougier 17 France FRA 2:56.487
25 Yumie Kobayashi 24 Japan JPN 2:56.663
26 Anne Abernathy 48 United States Virgin Islands ISV 2:58.429
27 Anastasiya Skulkina 19 Russia RUS 2:58.855
28 Dinah Browne 32 United States Virgin Islands ISV 2:59.745
AC Iginia Boccalandro 40 Venezuela VEN DNF