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Singles, Women

Date12 – 13 February 2002
StatusOlympic
LocationUtah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah (Bobsleigh/Skeleton/Luge Track)
Participants29 from 15 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 12
Length: 1140 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 77 m

The women’s luge provided the most predictable result of the entire 2002 Winter Olympic Games. You could make a strong case that German national championships were a better quality event than the one that took place in Salt Lake City and to be picked for the German Olympic team was, barring disasters, a ticket to the podium. To the surprise of absolutely no one Germany swept the medals and the trio of Sylke Otto, Barbara Niedernhuber and Silke Kraushaar set the three fastest times in all four runs. Sylke Otto made her Olympic début in 1992 but, despite being one of the best in the world throughout the 90s, she was overlooked in 1994 and 1998 for the Olympic team, but successive world titles in 2000 and 2001 sealed her place in Park City. Barbara Niedernhuber who finished behind Otto in second was a silver medal specialist and won two Olympic medals and five World Championship medals of that colour. This was the first medal sweep for a unified Germany in this event although the GDR had performed this feat on three occasions (1972,1984,1988) and the 1976 podium was shared between East and West German lugers.

The only crash of the competition was a spectacular one. Iginia Boccalandro’s only run, already a wild one, ended when she was violently thrown from her sled and came close to being thrown over the wall and into the crowd. She bounced off the wall and slid in an undignified heap around another two corners eventually coming to rest in the middle of the next straight. The Venezuelan suffered only bruising and ice burns. Not so lucky was track worker Drake Self as he had the top of the index finger sliced off attempting to retrieve her sled.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
12Sylke OttoGER2:52.46443.356 (3)43.076 (1)42.940 (1)43.092 (2)Gold
28Babsi NiedernhuberGER2:52.78543.346 (2)43.134 (2)43.215 (3)43.090 (1)Silver
34Silke KraushaarGER2:52.86543.294 (1)43.224 (3)43.195 (2)43.152 (3)Bronze
411Angelika NeunerAUT2:54.16243.683 (5)43.440 (4)43.601 (8)43.438 (5)
56Becky WilczakUSA2:54.25443.509 (4)43.481 (5)43.420 (4)43.844 (17)
612Liliya LudanUKR2:54.49943.800 (9)43.623 (7)43.565 (6)43.511 (6)
710Sonja ManzenreiterAUT2:54.53743.864 (10)43.540 (6)43.585 (7)43.548 (8)
85Ashley HaydenUSA2:54.65843.765 (6)43.645 (8)43.428 (5)43.820 (13)
99Anna OrlovaLAT2:54.73943.795 (8)43.658 (10)43.642 (10)43.644 (10)
101Iluta GaileLAT2:55.07343.779 (7)43.791 (14)43.656 (11)43.847 (18)
117Simone EderAUT2:55.10243.880 (11)43.760 (12)43.824 (13)43.638 (9)
1217Regan LauscherCAN2:55.11844.001 (14)43.681 (11)43.615 (9)43.821 (14)
1315Courtney ZablockiUSA2:55.15443.934 (13)44.103 (22)43.734 (12)43.383 (4)
1413Margarita KlimenkoRUS2:55.56043.889 (12)43.951 (18)43.920 (17)43.800 (11)
1514Anastasiya AntonovaRUS2:55.66944.034 (16)43.840 (16)43.967 (20)43.828 (15)
1616Waltraud SchieferITA2:55.71644.209 (20)43.798 (15)43.879 (15)43.830 (16)
173Natalie ObkircherITA2:55.72744.632 (25)43.657 (9)43.905 (16)43.533 (7)
1824Maija TīrumaLAT2:55.93144.050 (18)43.954 (19)43.971 (21)43.956 (20)
1923Markéta JeriováCZE2:56.13044.710 (27)43.764 (13)43.845 (14)43.811 (12)
2019Oryslava ChukhlibUKR2:56.28144.274 (22)43.942 (17)44.060 (23)44.005 (21)
2118Veronika SabolováSVK2:56.31244.021 (15)44.113 (24)43.947 (19)44.231 (24)
2220Maria FeichterITA2:56.45044.042 (17)43.999 (20)44.050 (22)44.359 (25)
2321Angie PaulNZL2:56.47544.407 (23)44.256 (25)43.943 (18)43.869 (19)
2429Mélanie OugierFRA2:56.48744.228 (21)44.055 (21)44.161 (25)44.043 (22)
2525Yumie KobayashiJPN2:56.66344.192 (19)44.107 (23)44.149 (24)44.215 (23)
2626Anne AbernathyISV2:58.42944.491 (24)44.740 (28)44.619 (26)44.579 (26)
2722Anastasiya SkulkinaRUS2:58.85544.657 (26)44.464 (26)44.934 (28)44.800 (28)
2827Dinah BrowneISV2:59.74545.603 (28)44.585 (27)44.857 (27)44.700 (27)
AC28Iginia BoccalandroVEN– (AC)DNF