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Luge at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana Pariol
Date Started: February 13, 2006
Date Finished: February 14, 2006
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Sylke Otto
Silver: GER Silke Kraushaar
Bronze: GER Tatjana Hüfner

Summary

Totally dominant at the 2002 Winter Games the German women’s luge had actually improved their results in the four years since Salt Lake City. Not only had German sliders swept the podium at every World and European Championship but had also won every single round of the World Cup and unfailingly produced the top three in the World Cup standings. Anything other than a German 1-2-3 at Cesena Pariol would have been considered a shock of monumental proportions.

Reigning World and Olympic champion Sylke Otto set the best times of day one and led at the halfway stage with Silke Kraushaar comfortably in second place, but some way behind the leader. The one surprise was American [Courteney Zablocki], who matched the times of the third German Tatjana Hüfner. When Hufner pulled away from Zablocki after the third run the medal positions were effectively confirmed and the inevitable German sweep did in fact happen. Otto became only the second woman in the history of Olympic luge to retain her title whilst Kraushaar’s silver was added to a gold and bronze for previous Games. The track proved a challenge for the participants and six of the 30 sliders crashed out of the competition. Canadian Meaghan Simister was taken from the track in an ambulance after crashing during her third run. A crash also put paid to the Olympic career of 52-year-old Anne Abernathy of the US Virgin Islands. “Grandma Luge”, as she became called, crashed during a training run and was forced to withdraw suffering from a broken wrist. As the only entrant from her country in 2006 this meant the US Virgin Islands did not compete in Torino.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Sylke Otto 36 Germany GER Gold 3:07.979
2 Silke Kraushaar 35 Germany GER Silver 3:08.115
3 Tatjana Hüfner 22 Germany GER Bronze 3:08.460
4 Courtney Zablocki 25 United States USA 3:08.852
5 Veronika Halder 25 Austria AUT 3:09.087
6 Liliya Ludan 36 Ukraine UKR 3:09.275
7 Anna Orlova 33 Latvia LAT 3:09.483
8 Nina Reithmayer 21 Austria AUT 3:09.573
9 Martina Kocher 20 Switzerland SUI 3:09.591
10 Regan Lauscher 25 Canada CAN 3:09.643
11 Sarah Podorieszach 16 Italy ITA 3:10.874
12 Erin Hamlin 19 United States USA 3:11.290
13 Madoka Harada 20 Japan JPN 3:11.650
14 Aleksandra Rodionova 22 Russia RUS 3:12.167
15 Ewelina Staszulonek 20 Poland POL 3:12.179
16 Yuliya Anashkina 25 Russia RUS 3:12.409
17 Maija Tīruma 22 Latvia LAT 3:13.044
18 Aiva Aparjode 28 Latvia LAT 3:13.065
19 Veronika Sabolová 25 Slovakia SVK 3:14.061
20 Alex Gough 18 Canada CAN 3:14.155
21 Anastasiya Skulkina 23 Russia RUS 3:15.368
22 Jana Šišajová 21 Slovakia SVK 3:16.993
23 Hannah Campbell-Pegg 23 Australia AUS 3:17.539
24 Michelle Despain 21 Argentina ARG 3:27.141
AC Sonja Manzenreiter 30 Austria AUT DNF
AC Meaghan Simister 19 Canada CAN DNF
AC Sam Retrosi 20 United States USA DNF
AC Nataliya Yakushenko 33 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Anastasia Oberstolz-Antonova 24 Italy ITA DNF
AC Markéta Jeriová 29 Czech Republic CZE DNF