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Luge at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canada Olympic Park, Calgary
Date Started: February 16, 1988
Date Finished: February 18, 1988
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GDR Steffi Walter-Martin
Silver: GDR Ute Oberhoffner-Weiß
Bronze: GDR Cerstin Schmidt


There was little doubt that East Germany would take home the gold medal from Calgary in the women’s luge. After the country’s clean sweep of the medals in Sarajevo four year earlier, they had repeated this feat at both World Championships held since. The reigning Olympic Champion, [Steffi Martin], won the title in 1985, but then left to get married and become a mother. In her absence, the 1987 world title went to [Cerstin Schmidt]. Both Schmidt and Martin (now married as Walter) were in Calgary, supplemented by the newly crowned European Champion, [Ute Oberhoffner] (who had won bronze in Sarajevo under her maiden name Weiß). It was soon clear that none of the other competitors stood any chance of obtaining a medal, and the three East German women finished 1-2-3 in each of the four heats. But between them, the competition was quite close. Walter won the first run, but Oberhoffner took the lead after day one. The third run was delayed by a day due to stormy weather, and saw Walter moving up to first again, defending a 0.143 second lead in the final run. Oberhoffner had the best time on the final run, but with only a 0.011 second margin. Walter’s second gold medal made her the first woman to retain her Olympic title, a feat not repeated through 2006. The East German medal sweep was the third in the event, after 1972 and 1984.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Steffi Walter-Martin 25 East Germany GDR Gold 3:03.973
2 Ute Oberhoffner-Weiß 26 East Germany GDR Silver 3:04.105
3 Cerstin Schmidt 24 East Germany GDR Bronze 3:04.181
4 Veronika Bilgeri 22 West Germany FRG 3:05.670
5 Yuliya Antipova 21 Soviet Union URS 3:05.787
6 Bonny Warner 25 United States USA 3:06.056
7 Marie-Claude Doyon 22 Canada CAN 3:06.211
8 Nadezhda Danilina 20 Soviet Union URS 3:06.364
9 Cammy Myler 19 United States USA 3:06.835
10 Irina Kusakina 22 Soviet Union URS 3:07.043
11 Erica Terwillegar 24 United States USA 3:07.291
12 Andrea Tagwerker 17 Austria AUT 3:07.501
13 Veronika Oberhuber 21 Italy ITA 3:07.516
14 Gerda Weissensteiner 19 Italy ITA 3:07.665
15 Maria Luise Rainer 28 Italy ITA 3:08.145
16 Anne Abernathy 34 United States Virgin Islands ISV 3:09.237
17 Livia Pelin 22 Romania ROU 3:09.651
18 Mina Tanaka 16 Japan JPN 3:11.242
19 Kathy Salmon 19 Canada CAN 3:11.707
20 Alyson Wreford 28 Great Britain GBR 3:13.730
21 Hitomi Koshimizu 27 Japan JPN 3:14.126
22 Laurence Bonici 30 France FRA 3:14.406
23 Simoneta Racheva 26 Bulgaria BUL 3:14.857
24 Teng Pi-Hui 26 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:17.127