Luge at the 1972 Winter Olympics

Dates 4 – 10 February 1972
Medal Events 3

Luge and bobsleigh had been practically unknown in Japan prior to the 1972 Winter Olympics, and the track built for the Games was the first in the country. Located at Mount Teine, the track was built in December 1971, and opened at Christmas Day for the Japanese sleighers to train. While luge and bobsleigh were both held there, there was a separate training track built at Fujino, which was used by lugers in the weeks before the Olympics.

In competition, the lugers from East Germany dominated. They won 8 out of 9 available medals, sweeping both singles competitions.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Singles, Men Olympic 4 – 7 February 1972 45 13
Doubles, Open Olympic 10 February 1972 40 11
Singles, Women Olympic 4 – 7 February 1972 22 8
83 (61/22) 13 (13/8)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles, Men Wolfgang ScheidelGDR Harald EhrigGDR Wolfram FiedlerGDR
Doubles, Open East Germany 1
Italy 1
East Germany 2GDR
Singles, Women Anna-Maria MüllerGDR Ute RühroldGDR Margit SchumannGDR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
East Germany GDR 3 2 3 8
Italy ITA 1 0 0 1