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Luge at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Singles

Luge at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Sliding Center Sanki, Rzhanaya Polyana
Date Started: February 8, 2014
Date Finished: February 9, 2014
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Felix Loch
Silver: RUS Albert Demchenko
Bronze: ITA Armin Zöggeler

Summary

Reigning Olympic and World champion Felix Loch of Germany was favourite to retain his title, although the hosts had a contender in the 42 year old veteran of six previous Olympics, Albert Demchenko. After the first run it was Demchenko who led Loch by a margin of 0.015 seconds with veteran Armin Zöggeler of Italy, attempting to win his 6th consecutive Olympic medal, 0.336 seconds off the pace, and Austrian Reinhard Egger, a further 0.058 seconds behind.

The leader board changed after the second run as Loch posted the fastest time, 51.964 seconds, a new track record, to overtake Demchenko by an overall margin of 0.294 seconds, and Zöggeler a further 0.450 second behind. What was striking was that the fourth place athlete after the second run, Andi Langenhan was now over a second slower than his fellow German Loch, a huge margin in the luge where often the results come down to thousandths of a second.

Little changed, other than the margins, in the 3rd and 4th runs, with Loch, Demchenko and Zöggeler being the three fastest in each run (in that order) and extending their lead over the rest of the field. Indeed Loch also set a new track record of 51.613 in his third run. In the final analysis, Loch won in a combined time of 3:27.526, some 0.476 seconds ahead of Demchenko and 1.271 seconds ahead of Zöggeler. Zöggeler’s bronze meant that he became the first person to win a medal in the same event at six successive Winter Olympics and was the first time the feat had been achieved in an individual event in the entire history of the Olympic Games.

Further down the field was a much more exotic competitor. An attempt by a Tongan, Fuahea Semi, to qualify for the Winter Games was exploited by a German underwear firm called Bruno Banani as part of a marketing ploy. Semi legally changed his name to that of the company, although at first this was passed off as a coincidence, and narrowly missed qualification for the Vancouver Games. By 2014 he had improved enough to comfortably reach Sochi and competed without mishap during the Games. He placed 32nd and defeated competitors from a number of well-established winter sports countries.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Felix Loch 24 Germany GER Gold 3:27.526
2 Albert Demchenko 42 Russia RUS Silver 3:28.002
3 Armin Zöggeler 40 Italy ITA Bronze 3:28.797
4 Andi Langenhan 29 Germany GER 3:29.355
5 Semyon Pavlichenko 22 Russia RUS 3:29.436
6 Dominik Fischnaller 20 Italy ITA 3:29.479
7 Aleksandr Peretyagin 22 Russia RUS 3:29.495
8 Reinhard Egger 24 Austria AUT 3:29.506
9 Wolfgang Kindl 25 Austria AUT 3:29.663
10 Mārtiņš Rubenis 35 Latvia LAT 3:29.697
11 Sam Edney 29 Canada CAN 3:29.777
12 Gregory Carigiet 26 Switzerland SUI 3:29.795
13 Chris Mazdzer 25 United States USA 3:29.954
14 David Möller 32 Germany GER 3:30.239
15 Daniel Pfister 27 Austria AUT 3:30.276
16 Inārs Kivlenieks 27 Latvia LAT 3:30.525
17 Thor Nørbech 25 Norway NOR 3:30.565
18 Tønnes Rolfsen 26 Norway NOR 3:30.910
19 Emanuel Rieder 20 Italy ITA 3:30.945
20 Jozef Ninis 32 Slovakia SVK 3:31.131
21 Kristaps Mauriņš 22 Latvia LAT 3:31.215
22 Tucker West 18 United States USA 3:31.217
23 Maciej Kurowski 27 Poland POL 3:31.397
24 Aidan Kelly 19 United States USA 3:31.799
25 Ondřej Hyman 27 Czech Republic CZE 3:31.858
26 Mitchel Malyk 18 Canada CAN 3:32.157
27 John Fennell 18 Canada CAN 3:32.716
28 Andriy Kis 31 Ukraine UKR 3:32.796
29 Valentin Creţu 24 Romania ROU 3:32.885
30 Hidenari Kanayama 23 Japan JPN 3:33.583
31 Andriy Mandziy 25 Ukraine UKR 3:33.602
32 Bruno Banani 26 Tonga TGA 3:33.676
33 Alex Ferlazzo 18 Australia AUS 3:34.044
34 Jo Koppang 25 Norway NOR 3:35.792
35 Kim Dong-Hyeon 22 South Korea KOR 3:36.385
36 Bogdan Macovei 31 Moldova MDA 3:36.566
37 Shiva Keshavan 32 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA 3:37.149
38 Stanislav Benyov 22 Bulgaria BUL 3:39.080
39 Lien Te-An 19 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:48.091