| Event type

Doubles, Open

Date15 February 2002
LocationUtah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah (Bobsleigh/Skeleton/Luge Track)
Participants38 from 12 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 12
Length: 1140 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 77 m

Germany’s strength in depth was shown by the fact that although the reigning World Championship gold medallists, André Florschütz and Torsten Wustlich, were denied a place on the Olympic team, but the two German pairs were still considered gold medal favourites.

The big question of the 2002 Olympic luge doubles concerned whether the home track advantage of the American pairs would be enough to topple the Europeans and earn a first US Olympic gold in the sport. The answer was to be no but the margin of victory for the German pair of Alexander Resch and Patric Leitner was small. Resch and Leitner, the 2004 world champions, set the best time of the first run with Clay Ives and Chris Thorpe leading US teammates, the Mark Grimmette / Brian Martin combination, for second and third. The Americans were both faster than the German leaders over the final run but not by enough to overhaul them for the gold medal. Grimmette and Martin were fast enough to put themselves ahead of their compatriots and into the silver medal position.

PosPairNOCTimeRun #1Run #2
1Alexander Resch / Patric LeitnerGER1:26.08242.953 (1)43.129 (2)Gold
2Brian Martin / Mark GrimmetteUSA1:26.21643.111 (3)43.105 (1)Silver
3Chris Thorpe / Clay IvesUSA1:26.22043.013 (2)43.207 (3)Bronze
4Steffen Skel / Steffen WöllerGER1:26.37543.121 (4)43.254 (5)
5Chris Moffat / Eric PothierCAN1:26.50143.285 (8)43.216 (4)
6Markus Schiegl / Tobias SchieglAUT1:26.51843.208 (5)43.310 (6)
7Gerhard Plankensteiner / Oswald HaselriederITA1:26.61643.278 (7)43.338 (7)
8Andreas Linger / Wolfgang LingerAUT1:26.68443.330 (9)43.354 (8)
9Ľubomír Mick / Walter MarxSVK1:26.70643.248 (6)43.458 (10)
10Ivars Deinis / Sandris BerzinšLAT1:26.90643.413 (10)43.493 (11)
11Danylo Panchenko / Oleh AvdieievUKR1:27.32743.727 (13)43.600 (12)
12Grant Albrecht / Mike MoffatCAN1:27.36643.645 (11)43.721 (13)
13Danil Chaban / Yevgeny ZykovRUS1:27.58643.691 (12)43.895 (15)
14Mikhail Kuzmich / Yury VeselovRUS1:27.65943.815 (14)43.844 (14)
15Eugen Radu / Marian TicanROU1:27.84643.901 (15)43.945 (16)
16Ion Cristian Stanciu / Robert TaleanuROU1:27.95643.977 (16)43.979 (17)
17Christian Oberstolz / Patrick GruberITA1:29.30345.882 (18)43.421 (9)
DNFAnders Söderberg / Bengt WaldenSWE45.589 (17)– (DNF)
DNFTakahisa Oguchi / Kei TakahashiJPN– (DNF)