| Event type

Doubles, Open

Date17 February 2010
LocationWhistler Sliding Centre, Whistler
Participants40 from 11 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 14
Length: 953 m
Start Altitude: 883 m
Vertical Drop: 96 m

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 André Florschütz 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 Šics, 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 Šics 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 Šics brothers was a surprise as they had never before finished above third in any race at the highest level.

PosPairNOCTimeRun #1Run #2
1Andreas Linger / Wolfgang LingerAUT1:22.70541.332 (1)41.373 (1)Gold
2Andris Šics / Juris ŠicsLAT1:22.96941.420 (2)41.549 (3)Silver
3Patric Leitner / Alexander ReschGER1:23.04041.566 (5)41.474 (2)Bronze
4Patrick Gruber / Christian OberstolzITA1:23.11241.527 (3)41.585 (4)
5André Florschütz / Torsten WustlichGER1:23.19041.545 (4)41.645 (5)
6Christian Niccum / Dan JoyeUSA1:23.29141.602 (6)41.689 (6)
7Chris Moffat / Mike MoffatCAN1:23.39841.675 (7)41.723 (7)
8Markus Schiegl / Tobias SchieglAUT1:23.52841.727 (8)41.801 (8)
9Oswald Haselrieder / Gerhard PlankensteinerITA1:23.64941.789 (9)41.860 (9)
10Vladimir Makhnutin / Vladislav YuzhakovRUS1:23.74641.798 (10)41.948 (11)
11Branislav Regec / Ján HarnišSVK1:23.94242.018 (13)41.924 (10)
12Oskars Gudramovičs / Pēteris KalniņšLAT1:23.99541.982 (12)42.013 (13)
13Mark Grimmette / Brian MartinUSA1:24.00541.821 (11)42.184 (16)
14Mikhail Kuzmich / Stanislav MikheyevRUS1:24.15542.174 (15)41.981 (12)
15Justin Snith / Tristan WalkerCAN1:24.22042.100 (14)42.120 (14)
16Andriy Kis / Yuriy HaidukUKR1:24.35542.219 (17)42.136 (15)
17Cosmin Chetroiu / Ionuț ȚăranROU1:24.63142.360 (18)42.271 (17)
18Luboš Jíra / Matěj KvíčalaCZE1:24.66342.204 (16)42.459 (18)
19Roman Zakharkiv / Taras SenkivUKR1:25.36242.767 (19)42.595 (20)
20Andrei Anghel / Paul IfrimROU1:25.47343.007 (20)42.466 (19)