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Singles, Men

Date8 – 9 February 1998
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Spiral, Asakawa, Nagano
Participants34 from 18 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 14
Length: 1326 m
Start Altitude: 1029 m
Vertical Drop: 114 m

In truth little had changed since the Lillehammer Games and the same men who contested the medals in 1992 and 1994 were expected to challenge again in Nagano. In eight of the previous 11 years Markus Prock of Austria had won the World Cup overall title by accumulating the most points in a season but only once in the nineties had he beat reigning Olympic champion Georg Hackl of Germany in a major championship. Their rivalry was a classic duel between Prock, the natural talent, and the relentless Hackl whose concentration levels were legendary. The younger generation of lugers was represented by 24-year-old Armin Zöggeler who had won the 1995 World Championships. Zöggeler had been the star of the season before Nagano and surprisingly Hackl had not won any of the six races before the Olympics. Hackl arrived in Japan with a secret weapon in the shape of a pair of aerodynamically enhanced boots but even if the boots did give him an advantage it would be hard to deny that sheer talent won him the title. In fact Hackl’s most dangerous opponent was probably the jury of appeal but a complaint against the legality of his new boots by the North American teams was dismissed. The German was remarkably consistent and won all four runs each time recording a time over a tenth of a second faster than his rivals. Zöggeler and 1988 champion Jens Müller completed the podium with Markus Prock some distance behind them in fourth.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
13Georg HacklGER3:18.43649.619 (1)49.573 (1)49.614 (1)49.630 (1)Gold
28Armin ZöggelerITA3:18.93949.715 (2)49.690 (2)49.737 (3)49.797 (3)Silver
311Jens MüllerGER3:19.09349.954 (4)49.700 (3)49.729 (2)49.710 (2)Bronze
44Markus ProckAUT3:19.65649.861 (3)49.732 (4)49.863 (4)50.200 (11)
59Markus KleinheinzAUT3:19.72450.016 (5)49.779 (5)49.918 (8)50.011 (9)
61Wendel SuckowUSA3:19.72850.069 (6)49.871 (7)49.908 (6)49.880 (5)
710Gerhard GleirscherAUT3:19.78550.161 (9)49.816 (6)49.911 (7)49.897 (7)
87Reinhold RainerITA3:19.94650.105 (8)50.008 (9)49.897 (5)49.936 (8)
912Adam HeidtUSA3:20.09850.401 (13)49.899 (8)49.971 (9)49.827 (4)
105Norbert HuberITA3:20.13850.100 (7)50.129 (11)50.026 (10)49.883 (6)
116Mikael HolmSWE3:20.79850.324 (11)50.197 (14)50.146 (13)50.131 (10)
122Karsten AlbertGER3:21.10450.353 (12)50.172 (13)50.080 (11)50.499 (17)
1320Larry DolanUSA3:21.12850.558 (15)50.163 (12)50.140 (12)50.267 (12)
1424Mārtiņš RubenisLAT3:22.15250.758 (22)50.491 (19)50.603 (16)50.300 (13)
1515Clay IvesCAN3:22.27550.632 (17)50.348 (16)50.858 (21)50.437 (16)
1613Shigeaki UshijimaJPN3:22.30350.747 (20)50.405 (17)50.716 (19)50.435 (15)
1721Guntis RēķisLAT3:22.31550.676 (18)50.296 (15)50.545 (15)50.798 (22)
1817Tyler SeitzCAN3:22.44250.689 (19)50.948 (23)50.400 (14)50.405 (14)
1918Bengt WaldenSWE3:22.55250.750 (21)50.479 (18)50.722 (20)50.601 (18)
2019Aleksandr ZubkovRUS3:22.70150.488 (14)50.944 (22)50.650 (17)50.619 (19)
2131Anders SöderbergSWE3:23.02950.878 (23)50.696 (21)50.708 (18)50.747 (21)
2214Reto GillySUI3:23.35250.594 (16)50.646 (20)51.485 (25)50.627 (20)
2334Ismar BiogradlićBIH3:25.16951.252 (25)51.170 (25)51.384 (24)51.363 (24)
2429Spyros PinasGRE3:25.38051.628 (28)51.123 (24)51.335 (22)51.294 (23)
2530Sandris BerzinšLAT3:25.39151.220 (24)51.370 (26)51.341 (23)51.460 (25)
2632Ion Cristian StanciuROU3:26.52351.608 (27)51.386 (27)51.927 (27)51.602 (26)
2733Patrick SingletonBER3:27.09551.434 (26)51.579 (28)51.839 (26)52.243 (28)
2825Shiva KeshavanIND3:28.38552.315 (29)52.127 (29)52.043 (28)51.900 (27)
2923Lee Gi-RoKOR3:34.72154.299 (32)52.875 (30)53.472 (30)54.075 (29)
3028Hsieh Hsiang-ChunTPE3:34.76954.192 (31)53.093 (31)53.325 (29)54.159 (30)
3122Gang Gwang-BaeKOR3:35.95853.492 (30)53.829 (32)53.685 (31)54.952 (31)
3226Lee YongKOR3:40.40754.842 (33)54.838 (33)54.731 (32)55.996 (32)
AC16Albert DemchenkoRUS50.224 (10)50.011 (10)– (AC)DQ1
AC27Andrus PaulEST51.931 (AC)DQ