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Singles, Women

Date10 – 11 February 1998
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Spiral, Asakawa, Nagano
Participants29 from 15 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 13
Length: 1194 m
Start Altitude: 1011 m
Vertical Drop: 96 m

In the four years since Gerda Weissensteiner had won the Olympic title in Lillehammer the balance of power in the women’s luge had shifted towards Germany. The German team were so strong in 1998 that two of the world’s best lugers, Jana Bode and Sylke Otto, could not find places on the Olympic roster and it was no surprise that the gold medal was decided between two Germans. Silke Kraushaar and Barbara Niedernhuber fought a desperately close duel which inevitably was decided only by the final run of the whole event. When Niederhuber crossed the finish line the clock showed she had missed by 0.002 seconds which is the equivalent of only a few millimetres when spread out over the four runs. Austria’s Angelika Neuner spoiled a possible German sweep of the podium when she placed ahead of Suzi Erdmann.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
19Silke KraushaarGER3:23.77951.197 (1)51.178 (2)50.787 (1)50.617 (2)Gold
27Babsi NiedernhuberGER3:23.78151.216 (2)51.103 (1)50.837 (2)50.625 (3)Silver
35Angelika NeunerAUT3:24.25351.417 (3)51.286 (3)50.945 (4)50.605 (1)Bronze
43Susi ErdmannGER3:24.44951.475 (4)51.348 (5)50.895 (3)50.731 (5)
56Andrea TagwerkerAUT3:24.49151.518 (5)51.335 (4)50.990 (5)50.648 (4)
626Erin WarrenUSA3:25.32851.644 (6)51.461 (6)51.364 (8)50.859 (7)
711Cammy MylerUSA3:25.47551.795 (9)51.654 (8)51.219 (6)50.807 (6)
84Bethany Calcaterra-McMahonUSA3:25.55851.696 (7)51.651 (7)51.296 (7)50.915 (8)
91Gerda WeissensteinerITA3:26.11351.744 (8)51.998 (13)51.415 (10)50.956 (9)
1010Sonja ManzenreiterAUT3:26.27251.892 (10)51.828 (11)51.369 (9)51.183 (10)
118Nataliya YakushenkoUKR3:26.54852.014 (13)51.746 (9)51.511 (11)51.277 (12)
122Natalie ObkircherITA3:26.67751.910 (11)51.967 (12)51.530 (13)51.270 (11)
1315Anna OrlovaLAT3:26.96352.199 (16)51.772 (10)51.642 (16)51.350 (16)
1412Iluta GaileLAT3:26.98152.157 (14)52.016 (14)51.516 (12)51.292 (13)
1513Mária JasenčákováSVK3:27.36552.006 (12)52.336 (20)51.721 (17)51.302 (14)
1617Liliya LudanUKR3:27.71152.213 (17)52.087 (15)51.815 (19)51.596 (19)
1723Margarita KlimenkoRUS3:27.75152.391 (19)52.123 (17)51.789 (18)51.448 (17)
1828Irina GubkinaRUS3:28.11552.295 (18)52.199 (18)52.107 (21)51.514 (18)
1924Angie PaulNZL3:28.46652.534 (20)52.254 (19)51.870 (20)51.808 (22)
2027Helen NovikovEST3:29.26352.760 (21)52.594 (21)52.204 (23)51.705 (20)
2114Eriko YamadaJPN3:29.42353.494 (26)53.015 (25)51.595 (14)51.319 (15)
2216Jurita ŠnitkoLAT3:29.70752.921 (24)52.638 (22)52.347 (25)51.801 (21)
2329Shino YanagisawaJPN3:29.83452.762 (22)52.706 (24)52.243 (24)52.123 (23)
2422Anne AbernathyISV3:30.70753.224 (25)52.652 (23)52.525 (26)52.306 (24)
2521Yumie KobayashiJPN3:30.77052.829 (23)53.025 (26)52.198 (22)52.718 (26)
2618Doris PreindlITA3:31.29652.178 (15)52.107 (16)51.638 (15)55.373 (28)
2719Corina DrăganROU3:32.23853.653 (27)53.329 (27)52.714 (27)52.542 (25)
2820Iginia BoccalandroVEN3:39.31754.232 (28)53.962 (28)54.133 (28)56.990 (29)
2925Lee Yi-FangTPE3:40.03455.052 (29)55.217 (29)56.648 (29)53.117 (27)