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Doubles, Open

Date19 February 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationMt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid (Bob Run)
Participants38 from 12 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 11
Length: 749 m
Start Altitude: 695 m
Vertical Drop: 59 m

The defending champions from East Germany, Hans Rinn and Norbert Hahn, had become World Champions in 1977, and won the European title in 1978 and 1980. But as in the women’s competition, the Soviets had joined the top nations when, Dainis Bremze and Aigars Krikis (both Latvians) had won the World Championships in 1978. The West Germans put their hopes on the defending World Champions, Hans Brandner and Balthasar Schwarm, who had won silver in Innsbruck four years earlier. But these latter two duos would not impress at Lake Placid. Bremze suffered from a hand injury and they placed only 11th, while Brandner/Schwarm disappointed in 6th. Instead, Rinn and Hahn won the first run, and placed second in the final run to become the first sliders to retain their Olympic title. Behind them, Gschnitzer/Brunner won silver for Italy, and Fluckinger/Schrott took Austria’s only luge medal in 1980.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
14Hans Rinn / Norbert HahnGDR1:19.33139.303 (1)40.028 (2)Gold
25Peter Gschnitzer / Karl BrunnerITA1:19.60639.549 (3)40.057 (3)Silver
31Georg Fluckinger / Karl SchrottAUT1:19.79539.509 (2)40.286 (8)Bronze
416Bernd Hahn / Ulli HahnGDR1:19.91439.972 (8)39.942 (1)
511Hansjörg Raffl / Alfred SilginerITA1:19.97639.823 (5)40.153 (6)
617Anton Winkler / Anton WembacherFRG1:20.01239.916 (6)40.096 (5)
79Hans Brandner / Balthasar SchwarmFRG1:20.06339.814 (4)40.249 (7)
818Jindřich Zeman / Vladimír ReslTCH1:20.14240.050 (10)40.092 (4)
93Günther Lemmerer / Reinhold SulzbacherAUT1:20.50340.017 (9)40.486 (9)
1013Dainis Bremze / Aigars KriķisURS1:20.66240.164 (11)40.498 (10)
1114Richard Healey / Ty DancoUSA1:21.34140.386 (12)40.955 (12)
127Stefan Kjernholm / Kenneth HolmSWE1:21.43940.415 (13)41.024 (13)
136Koji Kuriyama / Takashi TakagiJPN1:22.53441.035 (17)41.499 (14)
148Derek Prentice / Christopher DyasonGBR1:22.56740.705 (14)41.862 (15)
1519Ioan Apostol / Cristinel PicioreaROU1:22.66640.757 (15)41.909 (16)
1612Wolfgang Schädler / Rainer GassnerLIE1:23.39540.829 (16)42.566 (17)
1710Valery Yakushin / Sergey DanilinURS1:25.14439.951 (7)45.193 (18)
1815Frank Masley / Ray Bateman, Jr.USA1:28.85348.241 (19)40.612 (11)
192Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson / John DenbyGBR1:30.89942.406 (18)48.493 (19)