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Singles, Men

Date30 January – 4 February 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationKunsteis-Bob- und Rodelbahn, Igls
Participants38 from 12 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 18
Length: 1058 m
Start Altitude: 1133 m
Vertical Drop: 113 m

Since the inception of the World Championships in 1955, 8 championships had been held, which yielded 7 different winners. Three of them were present at Igls. The 1958 and 1961 World Champion, Jerzy Wojnar (POL) finished way back in the pack, but 1962 champion Thomas Köhler and 1963 winner Fritz Nachmann considered themselves gold medal hopefuls. But Nachmann crashed out in the very first heat, leaving the medals to be divided by his countrymen. Köhler, Klaus-Michael Bonsack and Hans Plenk took the first three places in each of the first three runs. Köhler won the 1st and 3rd run, Bonsack the 2nd. This left them 1.5 seconds or more ahead of the competition, and Köhler’s 0.32 second lead over Bonsack was enough to let him win the final run. The gold and silver medallists, both from East Germany, competed together in the doubles event, which they failed to finish. However, they would return in 1968 to win the gold, making Köhler the first luger to win gold in both events.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
127Thomas KöhlerGER3:26.7751.27 (1)51.53 (2)51.50 (1)52.47 (2)Gold
220Klaus-Michael BonsackGER3:27.0451.61 (2)51.33 (1)51.68 (2)52.42 (1)Silver
330Hans PlenkGER3:30.1552.12 (3)52.25 (3)52.31 (3)53.47 (7)Bronze
428Rolf Greger StrømNOR3:31.2152.60 (6)52.81 (6)52.62 (5)53.18 (4)
533Josef FeistmantlAUT3:31.3452.14 (4)52.58 (4)53.51 (8)53.11 (3)
629Mieczysław PawełkiewiczPOL3:33.0254.00 (14)52.70 (5)52.66 (6)53.66 (10)
72Carlo PrinothITA3:33.4953.01 (8)53.36 (12)53.70 (10)53.42 (6)
812Franz TiefenbacherAUT3:33.8653.31 (11)53.04 (8)54.00 (13)53.51 (=8)
914Manfred SchmidAUT3:34.0453.27 (10)52.86 (7)53.82 (12)54.09 (13)
1031Jan HamříkTCH3:34.3753.57 (13)53.24 (11)53.65 (9)53.91 (11)
1134Lucjan KudziaPOL3:34.4253.11 (9)55.44 (21)52.36 (4)53.51 (=8)
1222Horst UrbanTCH3:34.5053.32 (12)53.13 (9)54.13 (=14)53.92 (12)
1321Francis FeltmanUSA3:35.0552.91 (7)53.43 (13)54.13 (=14)54.58 (15)
1432Mogens ChristensenNOR3:37.6754.43 (16)55.00 (15)53.80 (11)54.44 (14)
1518Giampaolo AmbrosiITA3:39.0654.31 (15)54.50 (14)54.96 (19)55.29 (18)
165Walter AußerdorferITA3:40.1755.47 (21)55.02 (16)54.85 (18)54.83 (16)
177Tom NeelyUSA3:40.1854.62 (17)55.40 (20)55.04 (20)55.12 (17)
181Emil EgliSUI3:41.5655.01 (18)56.24 (24)54.80 (=16)55.51 (20)
196Jan-Axel StrømNOR3:41.9855.78 (22)55.27 (=18)55.15 (21)55.78 (21)
2024Arnold GartmannSUI3:42.1555.17 (19)55.27 (=18)55.74 (22)55.97 (22)
213Reinhold SennAUT3:42.9752.32 (5)1:03.85 (28)53.43 (7)53.37 (5)
2237Mike HesselUSA3:43.3055.31 (20)55.50 (22)56.12 (23)56.37 (24)
2315Giovanni GraberITA3:48.4056.44 (24)1:01.66 (26)54.80 (=16)55.50 (19)
2438Jiří HujerTCH3:53.4056.05 (23)55.11 (17)1:04.80 (29)57.44 (25)
2535Keith SchellenbergGBR3:54.7658.69 (26)59.06 (25)58.14 (26)58.87 (27)
2613Ulrich JuckerSUI3:55.241:03.81 (32)55.92 (23)57.41 (25)58.10 (26)
2716Hans NägeleLIE4:06.2959.65 (27)1:04.56 (29)1:00.65 (27)1:01.43 (28)
284Jerzy WojnarPOL4:11.691:04.47 (33)53.14 (10)1:10.72 (31)1:03.36 (29)
2911George FarmerUSA4:16.6056.78 (25)1:26.81 (31)57.00 (24)56.01 (23)
3019Magnus SchädlerLIE4:17.111:03.16 (=30)1:03.26 (27)1:05.75 (30)1:04.94 (30)
3117Jean-Pierre GottschallSUI4:32.081:03.05 (29)1:04.82 (30)1:01.85 (28)1:22.36 (31)
AC9Gordon PorteusGBR1:00.98 (28)– (AC)DNF
AC26Roland UrbanTCH– (AC)DNF
AC25Fritz NachmannGER– (AC)DNF
AC10Edward FenderPOL– (AC)DNF
AC23Johann SchädlerLIE1:03.16 (=30)– (AC)DNF
AC36Doug AnakinCAN– (AC)– (AC)DNF
AC8Matiás StinnesARG– (AC)– (AC)DNF