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Two, Men

Date6 – 7 February 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationKunsteis-Bob- und Rodelbahn, Igls
Participants48 from 13 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 14
Length: 1220 m
Start Altitude: 1133 m
Vertical Drop: 97 m

West Germany’s Wolfgang Zimmerer had added both the 1973 and 1974 World Championship titles to his Sapporo Olympic titles but had missed out on the medals in 1975 where Italy’s Giorgio Alverà had won on his home track in Cervinia. Other challenges were expected from the traditional Central Alpine bobsleigh nations of Austria and Switzerland but tradition was to count for little as a new force in the sport of bobsleigh came to the fore. The first East German sleds appeared at the beginning of the 1972-73 winter season and immediately began to produce impressive results with the pairing of the converted javelin thrower Nehmer and decathlete Bernhard Germeshausen finishing in the top six of their maiden World Championships despite minimal experience. The pair continued to improve over the next seasons, although a world medal eluded them, but it was still a surprise when they made their breakthrough at the 1976 Winter Games. Austria II led after the first run but Nehmer recorded the fastest times on the three remaining runs and ran out comfortable winners over Zimmerer piloting West Germany I.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
1East Germany IIGDR3:44.4256.24 (3)56.04 (1)55.87 (1)56.27 (1)Gold
Meinhard NehmerBernhard Germeshausen
2West Germany IFRG3:44.9956.09 (2)56.31 (3)56.26 (2)56.33 (2)Silver
Wolfgang ZimmererManfred Schumann
3Switzerland ISUI3:45.7056.43 (5)56.53 (5)56.33 (3)56.41 (3)Bronze
Erich SchärerSepp Benz
4Austria IIAUT3:45.7456.06 (1)56.19 (2)56.73 (6)56.76 (7)
Fritz SperlingAndreas Schwab
5West Germany IIFRG3:46.1356.36 (4)56.43 (4)56.59 (5)56.75 (6)
Georg HeiblFritz Ohlwärter
6Austria IAUT3:46.3756.52 (6)56.76 (7)56.47 (4)56.62 (5)
Dieter Delle KarthFranz Köfel
7East Germany IGDR3:46.9756.89 (8)56.79 (8)56.74 (7)56.55 (4)
Horst SchönauRaimund Bethge
8Italy IITA3:47.3056.62 (7)56.71 (6)56.84 (8)57.13 (9)
Giorgio AlveràFranco Perruquet
9Sweden SWE3:48.4157.09 (10)57.20 (9)57.16 (9)56.96 (8)
Carl-Erik ErikssonKenth Rönn
10Switzerland IISUI3:49.1056.95 (9)57.32 (10)57.35 (10)57.48 (11)
Fritz LüdiThomas Hagen
11Romania IROU3:50.0957.15 (11)57.43 (=11)57.85 (16)57.66 (12)
Ion PanțuruGheorghe Lixandru
12Romania IIROU3:50.5357.95 (18)57.66 (15)57.58 (=11)57.34 (10)
Dragoș Panaitescu-RapanCostel Ionescu
13France IIFRA3:50.5457.58 (14)57.43 (=11)57.58 (=11)57.95 (=15)
Alain RoySerge Hissung
14United States IUSA3:50.7657.68 (15)57.63 (14)57.66 (13)57.79 (13)
Jimmy MorganTom Becker
15France IFRA3:51.0257.43 (12)57.73 (16)57.78 (14)58.08 (=18)
Gérard Christaud-PipolaMichel Lemarchand
16Italy IIITA3:51.1257.71 (16)57.58 (13)57.88 (17)57.95 (=15)
Nevio De ZordoEzio Fiori
17Czechoslovakia TCH3:51.7157.78 (17)57.74 (17)57.97 (20)58.22 (20)
Jiří PaulátVáclav Sůva
18Canada ICAN3:52.0057.56 (13)57.92 (18)58.13 (21)58.39 (22)
Colin NelsonJim Lavalley
19United States IIUSA3:52.0258.07 (20)58.27 (20)57.79 (15)57.89 (14)
Brent RushlawJohn Proctor
20Great Britain IGBR3:52.1058.05 (19)58.13 (19)57.90 (=18)58.02 (17)
Jackie PriceGomer Lloyd
21Great Britain IIGBR3:52.7158.40 (21)58.33 (22)57.90 (=18)58.08 (=18)
Mark AgarBill Sweet
22Japan IIJPN3:53.7258.52 (22)58.30 (21)58.55 (23)58.35 (21)
Rikio SatoKimihiro Shinada
23Canada IICAN3:54.2958.61 (23)58.74 (23)58.22 (22)58.72 (23)
Joey KilburnBrian Vachon
24Japan IJPN3:56.0658.69 (24)59.07 (24)59.12 (24)59.18 (24)
Susumu EsashikaKazumi Abe