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Singles, Men

Date14 – 15 February 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationCanada Olympic Park, Calgary (Bobsleigh/Luge Track)
Participants38 from 18 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 13
Length: 1251 m
Start Altitude: 1309 m
Vertical Drop: 109 m

The 1988 luge competition was between two German sliders who were both at the beginning of a long and successful career. East Germany’s Jens Müller had already stood at the World Championship podium in 1985 (3rd) and 1987 (2nd). His West German rival was Georg Hackl, a 1987 World Championship silver medalist in the doubles event. By surprise, he had taken the European title in the singles event, two weeks prior to the Olympics. In the first run, the two Germans set the tone for the remainder of the competition, Müller placing ahead of Hackl. Meanwhile, title favorites Kharchenko and Prock, the reigning World Champion, were further back in the field. Müller then consolidated his lead on Hackl, always finishing ahead of his closest rival and winning three out of four runs. Behind Müller, the race was quite close. Hackl’s third run was rather poor, and he’d dropped to fourth place. But in the final descent, he edged out both Kharchenko and Thomas Jacob (GDR) to win the Olympic silver – his first but certainly not his last Olympic medal. The two final runs were held under stormy weather conditions, and West Germany and Canada lodged protests because of this, but these were not upheld.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
120Jens MüllerGDR3:05.54846.301 (1)46.444 (1)46.436 (2)46.367 (1)Gold
219Georg HacklFRG3:05.91646.355 (2)46.553 (2)46.599 (4)46.409 (2)Silver
31Yury KharchenkoURS3:06.27446.391 (3)46.605 (3)46.475 (3)46.803 (4)Bronze
45Thomas JacobGDR3:06.35846.426 (4)46.638 (5)46.433 (1)46.861 (6)
512Michael WalterGDR3:06.93346.578 (6)46.754 (6)46.838 (9)46.763 (3)
69Sergey DanilinURS3:07.09846.564 (5)46.827 (7)46.648 (5)47.059 (10)
710Johannes SchettelFRG3:07.37146.725 (9)46.928 (10)46.805 (7)46.913 (7)
82Hansjörg RafflITA3:07.52546.590 (7)46.971 (12)46.893 (10)47.071 (11)
916Otto MayreggerAUT3:07.61946.777 (10)46.986 (14)46.925 (11)46.931 (8)
107Paul HildgartnerITA3:07.69646.844 (12)46.854 (8)46.764 (6)47.234 (14)
116Markus ProckAUT3:07.73546.637 (8)46.632 (4)47.637 (22)46.829 (5)
124Frank MasleyUSA3:07.94346.813 (11)46.890 (9)46.813 (8)47.427 (18)
1328Max BurghartswieserFRG3:08.18646.874 (13)46.949 (11)47.083 (14)47.280 (15)
1414Duncan KennedyUSA3:08.47247.032 (16)47.065 (16)47.093 (15)47.282 (16)
158Kurt BruggerITA3:08.62147.084 (17)47.362 (20)47.045 (12)47.130 (12)
1622Petr UrbanTCH3:08.62446.917 (15)47.215 (18)47.133 (17)47.359 (17)
1718Valery DudinURS3:08.88047.812 (28)46.982 (13)47.061 (13)47.025 (9)
1817Kazuhiko TakamatsuJPN3:09.01547.278 (19)47.235 (19)47.326 (18)47.176 (13)
193Harington TelfordCAN3:09.29847.152 (18)47.564 (21)47.119 (16)47.463 (19)
2029Mikael HolmSWE3:09.65847.409 (21)47.165 (17)47.423 (19)47.661 (20)
2136Luboš JíraTCH3:10.85747.647 (24)47.569 (22)47.819 (24)47.822 (22)
2225Macleod NicolGBR3:10.95747.701 (26)47.679 (24)47.569 (21)48.008 (23)
2330Jon OwenUSA3:11.46447.670 (25)47.632 (23)47.834 (25)48.328 (28)
2426Chris WightmanCAN3:11.66647.855 (29)47.856 (25)47.773 (23)48.182 (26)
2521Anders NäsströmSWE3:11.72247.517 (23)47.931 (28)48.083 (26)48.191 (27)
2637Toru ItoJPN3:12.67347.753 (27)47.880 (27)48.601 (28)48.439 (29)
2733Nil LabrecqueCAN3:12.72747.461 (22)47.866 (26)49.307 (31)48.093 (24)
2823Nick OvettGBR3:13.30848.181 (30)48.163 (30)48.518 (27)48.446 (30)
2927Pablo GarcíaESP3:13.47848.702 (31)47.953 (29)48.708 (29)48.115 (25)
3032Stephen BrialeyGBR3:13.62149.689 (34)48.687 (31)47.568 (20)47.677 (21)
3134Raúl MuñizPUR3:20.96250.184 (35)49.849 (33)50.480 (32)50.449 (33)
3215Sun Kuang-MingTPE3:21.60049.601 (33)51.584 (35)48.986 (30)51.429 (34)
3311Rubén GonzálezARG3:21.82749.567 (32)49.628 (32)53.685 (36)48.947 (31)
3431George TuckerPUR3:27.12550.748 (36)50.249 (34)51.688 (33)54.440 (36)
3524Raymund OcampoPHI3:27.66154.703 (38)51.617 (36)51.926 (34)49.415 (32)
3638Bart Carpentier AltingAHO3:29.91350.802 (37)53.468 (37)53.501 (35)52.142 (35)
AC13Gerhard SandbichlerAUT46.911 (14)46.990 (15)– (AC)DQ
AC35Peter BeckLIE47.319 (20)– (AC)DNF