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Luge at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana Pariol
Date Started: February 15, 2006
Date Finished: February 15, 2006
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: AUT Austria-1
Silver: GER Germany-1
Bronze: ITA Italy-1

Summary

Armin Zöggeler and Sylke Otto had already successfully defended the Olympic titles they had won in Salt Lake City and it was expected that the German pair of Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch would follow this pattern, although their team-mates André Florschütz and Torsten Wustlich had beaten them at the 2005 World Championships. The other medal challengers appeared to come from the USA, Italy and Austria.

The first run produced a series of shocks. At the head of the field were two Austrian family pairings and it was the Linger brothers who led from the more experienced Schiegl cousins. Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, silver medallists in Salt Lake City, crashed out on turn 14 and minutes later the Ukrainian pairing went airborne on the same curve. Oleh Zherebytskiy was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Pinerolo after sustaining a head injury.

The second part of the competition was just as unpredictable as the first. The expected charge from Leitner and Resch failed to materialise and instead they dropped down the field to seventh. The Schiegls also had a poor run and with only the Lingers to come the Florschütz and Wustlich team held onto the top position. Andreas and Wolfgang Linger needed only to finish within a tenth of a second of the Germans to become Olympic champions but instead they took a further two tenths off their rivals. The first Austrians to win this title since 1964, the Linger brothers had won the 2003 World Championships, but had not figured prominently in a major championship since then. Wolgang Linger was one of the victims of the first test event at the Cesena Pariol track as he suffered a broken ankle following a violent crash in January 2005.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Austria-1 AUT Gold 1:34.497
2 Germany-1 GER Silver 1:34.807
3 Italy-1 ITA Bronze 1:34.930
4 Austria-2 AUT 1:34.951
5 Italy-2 ITA 1:34.956
6 Germany-2 GER 1:34.960
7 Latvia LAT 1:35.114
8 United States-1 USA 1:35.410
9 Canada-2 CAN 1:35.541
10 Canada-1 CAN 1:35.561
11 Russia-1 RUS 1:35.650
12 Japan JPN 1:35.860
13 Slovakia SVK 1:36.269
14 Ukraine-1 UKR 1:37.177
15 Romania-2 ROU 1:37.883
16 Czech Republic CZE 1:38.112
17 Poland POL 1:38.445
18 Romania-1 ROU 1:39.593
AC Ukraine-2 UKR DNF
AC United States-2 USA DNF
AC Russia-2 RUS DNF