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Luge at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

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 12, 2014
Date Finished: February 12, 2014
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Germany-1
Silver: AUT Austria-1
Bronze: LAT Latvia-1

Summary

Given their dominance of the luge events, this was expected to be a contest between the two German pairs, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, and their compatriots Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken with the Austrian brothers Wolfgang and Andreas Linger and Latvian siblings Andris] (/athletes/show/110298) and [Juris Sics also in contention. The surprise of the first run was the poor performance of Eggert and Benecken, who made an error in their run, and were a disappointing 10th by the end, effectively putting them out of medal contention. In contrast, Wendl and Arlt set a new track record of 49.373 to lead comfortably from the Lingers by 0.312 seconds, with their fellow countrymen Peter Penz and Georg Fischler a further 0.108 seconds behind.

Eggert and Benecken had a better second run, but were too far behind and finished 8th. The Sics brothers had the third best time, moving them from 5th to 3rd place overall. However the top two places remained unaltered, with Wendl and Arlt again setting the fastest time of 49.560 for a combined time of 1:38.933. They finished over half a second ahead of the Linger brothers. Penz and Fischler veered from wall to wall and did exceptionally well to avoid a crash in their second run although sadly, for them, the time they lost caused them to drop from third to nineteenth. The clearly disappointed duo were consoled by their fellow competitors as they left the track.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Germany-1 GER Gold 1:38.933
2 Austria-1 AUT Silver 1:39.455
3 Latvia-1 LAT Bronze 1:39.790
4 Canada CAN 1:39.840
5 Russia-1 RUS 1:39.949
6 Italy-1 ITA 1:40.019
7 Italy-2 ITA 1:40.039
8 Germany-2 GER 1:40.218
9 Russia-2 RUS 1:40.337
10 Latvia-2 LAT 1:40.462
11 United States-1 USA 1:40.945
12 Slovakia-1 SVK 1:40.957
13 Czech Republic CZE 1:41.052
14 United States-2 USA 1:41.703
15 Poland POL 1:42.180
16 Slovakia-2 SVK 1:42.385
17 Ukraine UKR 1:43.028
18 South Korea KOR 1:43.118
19 Austria-2 AUT 1:44.045