Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler
Date Started: February 17, 2010
Date Finished: February 17, 2010
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.
The doubles event in Vancouver was the hardest of all the luge competitions to predict. Five different pairings had tasted victory on the 2009-10 World Cup circuit with only the German pairings of [AndrÃ© FlorschÃ¼tz] and [Torsten Wustlich] and [Patric Leitner] and [Alexander Resch] posting repeat victories.
The course was shortened to the junior course, following the fatal accident that befell [Nodar Kumaritashvili] earlier in the week. After the first run the European champions, Austrian brothers [Wolfgang] and [Andreas Linger], led by 0.088 seconds from the Latvian siblings [Andris] and [Juris Å ics], with [Christian Oberstolz] and [Patrick Gruber] (ITA) in third place. However a tremendous run by Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch (GER), the 2nd fastest run of the of the second round, saw them move up from 5th place and take the bronze medal. The Linger brothers and Å ics brothers held on to take gold and silver medals respectively.
It proved a memorable Olympic Games for the Linger family as the two brothers had been given the rare honour of being co-bearers of the Austrian flag at the opening ceremony.
The performance of the Å ics brothers was a surprise as they had never before finished above third in any race at the highest level.