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Doubles, Open

Date15 February 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationTrebević
Participants30 from 9 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 11
Length: 993 m
Start Altitude: 1082 m
Vertical Drop: 100 m

This competition was wide open, as former Olympic champion and East Germany’s coach Klaus-Michael Bonsack commented: “eight to ten of the crews can win a medal”. This included the reigning World Champions Jörg Hoffmann/Jochen Pietzsch (GDR), the newly crowned European Champions Helmuth and Walter Brunner and the current World Cup champions, Hansjörg Raffl and Norbert Huber (both ITA). The pre-Olympics held in February 1983 have been won by the Austrians Fluckinger/Wilhelmer in 1:23.667 followed by Belyakov/Belousov and Lemmerer/Sulzbacher.

Competition was very close and after one run, the Soviet couple of Aleksandr Belyakov and Yevgeny Belousov led by 0.067 seconds over the West Germans, Franz Wembacher and Hans Stanggassinger. While the Germans had medalled before at international tournaments, the Soviets were yet unheralded. They were close to winning the gold medal in the second run, but made a minor error close to the finish line. This cost them one tenth of a second, enough to drop down to second place. The difference between first and second, 0.040 seconds, was the smallest since two duos had tied for first place in 1972. The gold medal for Wembacher and Stanggassinger was the first ever in Olympic luge for West Germany.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
16Hans Stanggassinger / Franz WembacherFRG1:23.62041.880 (2)41.740 (1)Gold
28Yevgeny Belousov / Aleksandr BelyakovURS1:23.66041.813 (1)41.847 (2)Silver
33Jörg Hoffmann / Jochen PietzschGDR1:23.88741.996 (3)41.891 (4)Bronze
45Georg Fluckinger / Franz WilhelmerAUT1:23.90242.013 (4)41.889 (3)
513Günther Lemmerer / Franz LechleitnerAUT1:24.13342.188 (7)41.945 (5)
614Hansjörg Raffl / Norbert HuberITA1:24.35342.369 (9)41.984 (6)
77Juris Eisaks / Einārs VeikšaURS1:24.36642.078 (6)42.288 (8)
89Thomas Schwab / Wolfgang StaudingerFRG1:24.63442.267 (8)42.367 (9)
94Ron Rossi / Doug BatemanUSA1:24.65142.400 (10)42.251 (7)
1015Helmuth Brunner / Walter BrunnerITA1:24.78842.039 (5)42.749 (11)
1111Ioan Apostol / Laurențiu BălănoiuROU1:25.66042.918 (11)42.742 (10)
121Takashi Takagi / Tsukasa HirakawaJPN1:26.02743.047 (=12)42.980 (12)
1312Frank Masley / Ray Bateman, Jr.USA1:26.33143.047 (=12)43.284 (13)
1410Stanislav Ptáčník / Martin FörsterTCH1:27.92344.361 (14)43.562 (14)
152Hans-Joachim Menge / Detlef BertzGDR1:34.17346.935 (15)47.238 (15)