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Doubles, Open

Date13 February 1998
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Spiral, Asakawa, Nagano
Participants34 from 11 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 13
Length: 1194 m
Start Altitude: 1011 m
Vertical Drop: 96 m

There were no clear favourites for the 1998 Olympic title. The Italians, Kurt Brugger and Wilfried Huber returned to defend their gold medals but Tobias and Markus Schiegl, a pair of Austrian cousins, had won both the 1996 and 1997 World Championships and two different American pairs that claimed the World Cup titles in those same years. The German pairing of Stefan Krauße and Jan Behrendt entered their fourth Winter Olympics having recently won the European Championships and they carried that form forward to Nagano. Showing the experience gathered over fourteen seasons of sliding together, they mastered the difficult track. They led after the first run and although the two US pairs were marginally faster on the second run the gap was too big to bridge. This was the fourth medal in successive Olympic Games for the Germans, a feat unmatched in the event’s history and their second Olympic title. The US teams of Chris Thorpe and Gordy Sheer (silver) and Brian Martin and Mark Grimmette (bronze) became the first lugers from outside Europe to win Olympic medals. Only the Soviet Union had previously dented the dominance of the Alpine nations of Germany, Austria and Italy.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
16Stefan Krauße / Jan BehrendtGER1:41.10550.592 (1)50.513 (3)Gold
22Chris Thorpe / Gordy SheerUSA1:41.12750.634 (2)50.493 (1)Silver
312Mark Grimmette / Brian MartinUSA1:41.21750.716 (3)50.501 (2)Bronze
45Tobias Schiegl / Markus SchieglAUT1:41.42150.846 (4)50.575 (4)
51Kurt Brugger / Wilfried HuberITA1:41.76850.897 (5)50.871 (8)
63Gerhard Plankensteiner / Oswald HaselriederITA1:41.91751.084 (6)50.833 (7)
74Ihor Urbanskyi / Andriy MukhinUKR1:41.96851.262 (7)50.706 (5)
89Steffen Skel / Steffen WöllerGER1:42.22451.408 (10)50.816 (6)
911Danil Chaban / Viktor KneybRUS1:42.39351.370 (9)51.023 (9)
1016Albert Demchenko / Semyon KolobayevRUS1:42.55651.515 (12)51.041 (10)
1110Oleh Avdieiev / Danylo PanchenkoUKR1:42.68851.413 (11)51.275 (12)
127Anders Söderberg / Bengt WaldenSWE1:42.86251.725 (14)51.137 (11)
1313Roberts Suharevs / Dairis LeksisLAT1:43.25151.281 (8)51.970 (15)
148Atsushi Sasaki / Kei TakahashiJPN1:43.37651.541 (13)51.835 (14)
1514Piotr Orslowski / Robert MieszałaPOL1:43.50752.062 (15)51.445 (13)
1617Ion Cristian Stanciu / Liviu CepoiROU1:45.27552.289 (16)52.986 (17)
1715Juris Vovčoks / Māris LēģerisLAT1:46.55553.969 (17)52.586 (16)