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.
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/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.