| Event type

Doubles, Open

Date15 February 2006
LocationCesana Pariol
Participants42 from 13 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 17
Length: 1233 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 98 m

Armin Zöggeler and Sylke Otto had already successfully defended the Olympic titles they had won in Salt Lake City and it was expected that the German pair of Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch would follow this pattern, although their team-mates André Florschütz and Torsten Wustlich had beaten them at the 2005 World Championships. The other medal challengers appeared to come from the USA, Italy and Austria.

The first run produced a series of shocks. At the head of the field were two Austrian family pairings and it was the Linger brothers who led from the more experienced Schiegl cousins. Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, silver medallists in Salt Lake City, crashed out on turn 14 and minutes later the Ukrainian pairing went airborne on the same curve. Oleh Zherebytskiy was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Pinerolo after sustaining a head injury.

The second part of the competition was just as unpredictable as the first. The expected charge from Leitner and Resch failed to materialise and instead they dropped down the field to seventh. The Schiegls also had a poor run and with only the Lingers to come the Florschütz and Wustlich team held onto the top position. Andreas and Wolfgang Linger needed only to finish within a tenth of a second of the Germans to become Olympic champions but instead they took a further two tenths off their rivals. The first Austrians to win this title since 1964, the Linger brothers had won the 2003 World Championships, but had not figured prominently in a major championship since then. Wolgang Linger was one of the victims of the first test event at the Cesena Pariol track as he suffered a broken ankle following a violent crash in January 2005.

PosPairNOCTimeRun #1Run #2
1Andreas Linger / Wolfgang LingerAUT1:34.49747.028 (1)47.469 (2)Gold
2André Florschütz / Torsten WustlichGER1:34.80747.141 (3)47.666 (3)Silver
3Gerhard Plankensteiner / Oswald HaselriederITA1:34.93047.236 (5)47.694 (5)Bronze
4Tobias Schiegl / Markus SchieglAUT1:34.95147.108 (2)47.843 (10)
5Christian Oberstolz / Patrick GruberITA1:34.95647.620 (9)47.336 (1)
6Patric Leitner / Alexander ReschGER1:34.96047.198 (4)47.762 (7)
7Andris Šics / Juris ŠicsLAT1:35.11447.353 (6)47.761 (6)
8Preston Griffall / Dan JoyeUSA1:35.41047.722 (11)47.688 (4)
9Chris Moffat / Mike MoffatCAN1:35.54147.715 (10)47.826 (9)
10Grant Albrecht / Eric PothierCAN1:35.56147.478 (7)48.083 (12)
11Mikhail Kuzmich / Yury VeselovRUS1:35.65047.556 (8)48.094 (13)
12Goro Hayashibe / Masaki ToshiroJPN1:35.86048.067 (12)47.793 (8)
13Ľubomír Mick / Walter MarxSVK1:36.26948.412 (13)47.857 (11)
14Andriy Kis / Yuriy HaidukUKR1:37.17748.850 (15)48.327 (14)
15Eugen Radu / Marian LăzărescuROU1:37.88349.526 (17)48.357 (15)
16Antonín Brož / Lukáš BrožCZE1:38.11249.415 (16)48.697 (17)
17Marcin Piekarski / Krzysztof LipińskiPOL1:38.44549.829 (18)48.616 (16)
18Cosmin Chetroiu / Ionuț ȚăranROU1:39.59348.625 (14)50.968 (18)
DNFOleh Zherebytskyi / Roman YazvinskyiUKR50.897 (19)– (DNS)
DNFMark Grimmette / Brian MartinUSA– (DNF)
DNFDmitry Khamkin / Vladimir BoytsovRUS– (DNF)