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Luge at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana Pariol
Date Started: February 11, 2006
Date Finished: February 12, 2006
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: ITA Armin Zöggeler
Silver: RUS Albert Demchenko
Bronze: LAT Mārtiņš Rubenis

Summary

Reigning Olympic champion Armin Zöggeler had home ice advantage for the Torino Winter Olympics but would have started as a strong favourite wherever the competition had been held. Zöggeler also held the world title, having won it for the fifth time in 2005. Georg Hackl was back for an attempt on a remarkable sixth successive medal at this event but, at 39 years old, he was not the athlete he had been in previous Games and his final Olympics ended with him finishing down in seventh place.

Instead the real threat to Zöggeler came from another veteran slider in the shape of 34-year-old Albert Demchenko of Russia. Demchenko was in the form of his life and had won the 2006 European Championship and the 2004-05 World Cup title. Things went relatively smoothly for the Italian on the first day and he led the field but the gap over Demchenko and America’s Tony Benshoof was not enough to yet to be confident of victory. In fact the Russian did close slightly on Zöggeler during the second half of the event but not by the required margin and the Italian, watched by six million of his countrymen on TV, became the second man to retain an Olympic luge title. Mārtiņš Rubenis became Latvia’s first Winter Games medallist when he edged Benshoof down to fourth although it should be pointed out that Latvians had previously won medals as part of Soviet teams.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Armin Zöggeler 32 Italy ITA Gold 3:26.088
2 Albert Demchenko 34 Russia RUS Silver 3:26.198
3 Mārtiņš Rubenis 27 Latvia LAT Bronze 3:26.445
4 Tony Benshoof 30 United States USA 3:26.598
5 David Möller 24 Germany GER 3:26.711
6 Jan Eichhorn 24 Germany GER 3:26.743
7 Georg Hackl 39 Germany GER 3:26.919
8 Reinhold Rainer 32 Italy ITA 3:27.002
9 Markus Kleinheinz 29 Austria AUT 3:27.587
10 Wilfried Huber 35 Italy ITA 3:27.675
11 Viktor Kneyb 25 Russia RUS 3:28.065
12 Rainer Margreiter 30 Austria AUT 3:28.114
13 Daniel Pfister 19 Austria AUT 3:28.360
14 Jeff Christie 23 Canada CAN 3:28.361
15 Stefan Höhener 25 Switzerland SUI 3:28.784
16 AJ Rosen 21 Great Britain GBR 3:28.983
17 Kaspars Dumpis 23 Latvia LAT 3:29.288
18 Jonathan Myles 23 United States USA 3:29.408
19 Sam Edney 21 Canada CAN 3:29.857
20 Takahisa Oguchi 27 Japan JPN 3:30.108
21 Guntis Rēķis 31 Latvia LAT 3:30.156
22 Jozef Ninis 24 Slovakia SVK 3:30.197
23 Christian Niccum 28 United States USA 3:31.189
24 Kirill Serikov 23 Russia RUS 3:31.895
25 Shiva Keshavan 24 India IND 3:31.937
26 Domen Pociecha 20 Slovenia SLO 3:32.325
27 Jakub Hyman 21 Czech Republic CZE 3:32.823
28 Ma Chih-Hung 20 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:35.141
29 Kim Min-Gyu 22 South Korea KOR 3:35.581
30 Bogdan Macovei 23 Moldova MDA 3:38.386
31 Petar Iliev 21 Bulgaria BUL 3:39.683
32 Werner Hoeger 52 Venezuela VEN 3:43.590
33 Jaroslav Slávik 30 Slovakia SVK 3:50.885
34 Shigeaki Ushijima 28 Japan JPN 4:07.348
35 Mark Hatton 32 Great Britain GBR 4:12.899
AC Ian Cockerline 21 Canada CAN DNF