| Event type

Doubles, Open

Date19 February 1988
LocationCanada Olympic Park, Calgary (Bobsleigh/Luge Track)
Participants36 from 11 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 10
Length: 1080 m
Start Altitude: 1281 m
Vertical Drop: 81 m

It was expected that the gold medal in this event would go to Jochen Pietzsch and Jörg 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/Krauße 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.

PosPairNOCTimeRun #1Run #2
1Jörg Hoffmann / Jochen PietzschGDR1:31.94045.786 (1)46.154 (2)Gold
2Stefan Krauße / Jan BehrendtGDR1:32.03945.886 (2)46.153 (1)Silver
3Thomas Schwab / Wolfgang StaudingerFRG1:32.27446.024 (4)46.250 (5)Bronze
4Stefan Ilsanker / Georg HacklFRG1:32.29846.054 (5)46.244 (4)
5Georg Fluckinger / Robert ManzenreiterAUT1:32.36446.135 (8)46.229 (3)
6Vitaly Melnik / Dmitry AlekseyevURS1:32.45946.060 (6)46.399 (6)
=7Kurt Brugger / Wilfried HuberITA1:32.55346.125 (7)46.428 (7)
=7Yevgeny Belousov / Aleksandr BelyakovURS1:32.55345.973 (3)46.580 (8)
9Bernhard Kammerer / Walter BrunnerITA1:33.17146.381 (11)46.790 (10)
10Bob Gasper / André BenoitCAN1:33.30646.240 (9)47.066 (12)
11Miro Zajonc / Tim NardielloUSA1:33.32046.482 (13)46.838 (11)
12Gerhard Sandbichler / Franz LechleitnerAUT1:33.46246.771 (14)46.691 (9)
13Petr Urban / Luboš JíraTCH1:33.62146.388 (12)47.233 (13)
14Kazuhiko Takamatsu / Tsukasa HirakawaJPN1:34.45347.129 (16)47.324 (14)
15Stephen Brialey / Nick OvettGBR1:34.67646.912 (15)47.764 (15)
16Joe Barile / Steven MaherUSA1:34.96346.262 (10)48.701 (17)
17Sam Salmon / Dan DollCAN1:37.35848.300 (17)49.058 (18)
18Krasimir Kamenov / Mitko BachevBUL1:40.57751.957 (18)48.620 (16)