Luge at the 1998 Winter Olympics

Dates 8 – 13 February 1998
Medal Events 3

The 1998 Olympic luge competitions were held on the slopes of Mount Iizuna to the North of Nagano. The “Spiral”, as the course was nicknamed, was the first artificial course to be built in Asia and was unique in that it included two short uphill sections alongside its’ fourteen curves. The start point for the men’s luge was slightly lower than that used for bobsleigh so the length of course was, at 1326 m and with a vertical drop of 1114 m, marginally shorter than that of the bobsleigh configuration. The doubles and the women’s singles events left out turn one and as a consequence were even shorter at 1194 m. The Games belonged to Germany who swept all three titles and particularly to Georg Hackl who took his third consecutive Olympic gold. This made Hackl only the third man to an Olympic title at the same event in three successive Winter Games. In the tenth appearance of the sport at Olympic level the first medals were won by a country from outside Europe as second and third places in the doubles were won by American pairings.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Singles, Men Olympic 8 – 9 February 1998 34 18
Doubles, Open Olympic 13 February 1998 34 11
Singles, Women Olympic 10 – 11 February 1998 29 15
93 (64/29) 24 (20/15)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles, Men Georg HacklGER Armin ZöggelerITA Jens MüllerGER
Doubles, Open Germany 1GER United States 1USA United States 2USA
Singles, Women Silke KraushaarGER Barbara NiedernhuberGER Angelika NeunerAUT

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Germany GER 3 1 1 5
United States USA 0 1 1 2
Italy ITA 0 1 0 1
Austria AUT 0 0 1 1