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Singles, Women

Date13 – 16 February 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationMt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid (Bob Run)
Participants26 from 11 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 11
Length: 749 m
Start Altitude: 695 m
Vertical Drop: 59 m

Up to 1976, German speaking sliders, from Austria, East and West Germany and Italy had dominated luge. But in 1977, the Soviet Union became a new top nation in the sport. They had been training on the country’s only track near the Latvian town of Sigulda, and consequently most lugers from the USSR were Latvians. They especially came to the forefront in the women’s competitions. In 1977, Vera Zozuļa won a silver medal at the World Championships, upgrading her performance to first place the next year. At Lake Placid, she was clearly the best in competition, winning each of the four runs. Behind her, fellow Latvian Ingrīda Amantova battled with reigning World Champion Melitta Sollmann, Ilona Brand (both DDR) and two-time European Champion Elisabeth Demleitner (FRG) for the remaining medals. After three runs, Amantova and Brand were in medal positions, but both had a relatively poor final run, and Sollmann moved up to silver medal position, while Brand dropped off the podium.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
119Vera ZozuļaURS2:36.53738.978 (1)39.167 (1)39.271 (1)39.121 (1)Gold
29Melitta SollmannGDR2:37.65739.289 (2)39.640 (5)39.360 (2)39.368 (3)Silver
314Ingrīda AmantovaURS2:37.81739.346 (3)39.488 (3)39.610 (5)39.373 (4)Bronze
420Elisabeth DemleitnerFRG2:37.91839.568 (6)39.460 (2)39.466 (3)39.424 (5)
51Ilona BrandGDR2:38.11539.393 (4)39.506 (4)39.700 (6)39.516 (6)
612Margit SchumannGDR2:38.25539.611 (7)39.715 (6)39.567 (4)39.362 (2)
723Angelika SchaffererAUT2:38.93539.411 (5)40.249 (10)39.731 (7)39.544 (7)
810Astra RībenaURS2:39.01139.617 (8)39.780 (7)39.816 (8)39.798 (8)
98Mária JasenčákováTCH2:39.42939.698 (11)39.862 (8)39.906 (10)39.963 (10)
103Christine BrunnerAUT2:39.82339.642 (9)40.083 (9)39.833 (9)40.265 (11)
1124Angelika AukenthalerITA2:40.65139.829 (12)41.043 (20)39.919 (11)39.860 (9)
1217Andrea FendtFRG2:41.39140.234 (14)40.458 (13)40.215 (12)40.484 (14)
1313Agneta LindskogSWE2:41.61740.219 (13)40.547 (14)40.463 (13)40.388 (12)
147Annefried GöllnerAUT2:41.63640.378 (15)40.375 (12)40.489 (14)40.394 (13)
155Debra GenoveseUSA2:42.92640.497 (16)40.811 (16)40.799 (15)40.819 (15)
1625Monika AuerITA2:43.03340.590 (17)40.319 (11)41.269 (21)40.855 (16)
172Donna BurkeUSA2:43.68540.663 (19)40.931 (17)40.943 (16)41.148 (21)
184Carole KeyesCAN2:43.89940.616 (18)40.658 (15)41.567 (22)41.058 (19)
1915Anneli NäsströmSWE2:43.95940.987 (23)41.096 (22)40.999 (17)40.877 (17)
2011Elena StanROU2:44.46640.852 (21)41.489 (24)41.085 (18)41.040 (18)
2126Maria MaioruROU2:44.59541.071 (25)41.054 (21)41.120 (19)41.350 (22)
226Danielle NadeauCAN2:44.62140.782 (20)40.968 (19)41.770 (23)41.101 (20)
2321Joanna WeaverGBR2:45.28140.881 (22)41.201 (23)41.167 (20)42.032 (23)
AC18Marie-Luise RainerITA39.695 (10)40.948 (18)1:13.062 (24)– (AC)DNF
AC16Avril WalkerGBR52.277 (26)42.852 (25)– (AC)DNF
AC22Susan CharlesworthUSA41.018 (24)– (AC)DNF