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Singles, Men

Date11 – 12 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationCesana Pariol
Participants36 from 19 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 19
Length: 1435 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 114 m

Reigning Olympic champion Armin Zöggeler had home ice advantage for the Torino Winter Olympics but would have started as a strong favourite wherever the competition had been held. Zöggeler also held the world title, having won it for the fifth time in 2005. Georg Hackl was back for an attempt on a remarkable sixth successive medal at this event but, at 39 years old, he was not the athlete he had been in previous Games and his final Olympics ended with him finishing down in seventh place.

Instead the real threat to Zöggeler came from another veteran slider in the shape of 34-year-old Albert Demchenko of Russia. Demchenko was in the form of his life and had won the 2006 European Championship and the 2004-05 World Cup title. Things went relatively smoothly for the Italian on the first day and he led the field but the gap over Demchenko and America’s Tony Benshoof was not enough to yet to be confident of victory. In fact the Russian did close slightly on Zöggeler during the second half of the event but not by the required margin and the Italian, watched by six million of his countrymen on TV, became the second man to retain an Olympic luge title. Mārtiņš Rubenis became Latvia’s first Winter Games medallist when he edged Benshoof down to fourth although it should be pointed out that Latvians had previously won medals as part of Soviet teams.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
16Armin ZöggelerITA3:26.08851.718 (1)51.414 (1)51.430 (2)51.526 (5)Gold
213Albert DemchenkoRUS3:26.19851.747 (2)51.543 (6)51.396 (1)51.512 (3)Silver
38Mārtiņš RubenisLAT3:26.44551.913 (5)51.497 (4)51.561 (3)51.474 (2)Bronze
411Tony BenshoofUSA3:26.59851.907 (4)51.458 (2)51.674 (7)51.559 (6)
59David MöllerGER3:26.71152.085 (8)51.533 (5)51.655 (5)51.438 (1)
612Jan EichhornGER3:26.74352.103 (10)51.469 (3)51.656 (6)51.515 (4)
71Georg HacklGER3:26.91951.856 (3)51.583 (7)51.806 (8)51.674 (7)
85Reinhold RainerITA3:27.00251.926 (6)51.696 (8)51.647 (4)51.733 (8)
94Markus KleinheinzAUT3:27.58752.140 (11)51.767 (10)51.841 (9)51.839 (10)
107Wilfried HuberITA3:27.67552.095 (9)51.748 (9)51.848 (10)51.984 (14)
113Viktor KneybRUS3:28.06552.050 (7)52.150 (19)51.981 (11)51.884 (12)
1210Rainer MargreiterAUT3:28.11452.200 (12)51.880 (11)52.234 (17)51.800 (9)
1320Daniel PfisterAUT3:28.36052.317 (14)52.103 (16)52.058 (13)51.882 (11)
1422Jeff ChristieCAN3:28.36152.382 (15)52.027 (13)52.013 (12)51.939 (13)
152Stefan HöhenerSUI3:28.78452.459 (17)51.989 (12)52.124 (15)52.212 (17)
1623AJ RosenGBR3:28.98352.610 (19)52.130 (18)52.093 (14)52.150 (15)
1718Kaspars DumpisLAT3:29.28852.432 (16)52.063 (14)52.391 (22)52.402 (23)
1824Jonathan MylesUSA3:29.40852.579 (18)52.267 (20)52.230 (16)52.332 (20)
1915Sam EdneyCAN3:29.85752.663 (20)52.523 (25)52.360 (21)52.311 (18)
2031Takahisa OguchiJPN3:30.10852.795 (25)52.449 (22)52.498 (25)52.366 (21)
2125Guntis RēķisLAT3:30.15652.769 (=21)52.338 (21)52.307 (20)52.742 (27)
2214Jozef NinisSVK3:30.19752.769 (=21)52.517 (24)52.525 (26)52.386 (22)
2316Christian NiccumUSA3:31.18953.669 (29)52.675 (26)52.306 (19)52.539 (25)
2417Kirill SerikovRUS3:31.89554.164 (33)52.468 (23)52.473 (24)52.790 (28)
2527Shiva KeshavanIND3:31.93753.729 (30)52.972 (28)52.696 (27)52.540 (26)
2635Domen PociechaSLO3:32.32553.141 (26)53.073 (29)53.039 (29)53.072 (30)
2729Jakub HymanCZE3:32.82353.262 (27)53.667 (31)52.964 (28)52.930 (29)
2826Ma Chih-HungTPE3:35.14153.939 (32)53.605 (30)53.977 (31)53.620 (33)
2928Kim Min-GyuKOR3:35.58153.748 (31)54.961 (32)53.528 (30)53.344 (31)
3034Bogdan MacoveiMDA3:38.38655.681 (35)55.101 (33)54.005 (32)53.599 (32)
3133Petar IlievBUL3:39.68354.806 (34)55.189 (34)55.761 (33)53.927 (34)
3236Werner HoegerVEN3:43.59056.754 (36)55.411 (35)56.256 (34)55.169 (35)
3319Jaroslav SlávikSVK3:50.88552.786 (23)52.066 (15)1:13.877 (35)52.156 (16)
3421Shigeaki UshijimaJPN4:07.34853.306 (28)1:29.310 (36)52.414 (23)52.318 (19)
3532Mark HattonGBR4:12.89952.790 (24)52.720 (27)1:34.985 (36)52.494 (24)
AC30Ian CockerlineCAN52.290 (13)52.107 (17)52.255 (18)– (AC)DNF