Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canada Olympic Park, Calgary
Date Started: February 19, 1988
Date Finished: February 19, 1988
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.
It was expected that the gold medal in this event would go to [Jochen Pietzsch] and [JÃ¶rg Hoffmann]. They had won the last three World Championships, and had taken the bronze in Sarajevo. In Calgary, they gained one-tenth of a second in the first run, and lost only one-thousandth in the next one, leading them to their expected gold medal. Behind them, their club mates [Behrendt]/[KrauÃe] slid to a surprising silver medal, not having previous experience at major championships. As usual, the two-run doubles competition was close, especially the battle for bronze. [Belyakov]/[Belousov] (URS) who were leading the World Cup standings, were in bronze medal position after one run, but tumbled to seventh with a disappointing second run. The West German duo [Schwab]/[Wolfgang] was able to benefit from this mishap, and despite only placing 5th in the second run they moved from fourth to third.