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Four, Men

Date13 – 14 February 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationKunsteis-Bob- und Rodelbahn, Igls
Participants85 from 12 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 14
Length: 1220 m
Start Altitude: 1133 m
Vertical Drop: 97 m

Theoretically the Olympic title should been contested between West Germany, Switzerland and Austria as those countries had dominated the FIBT World Championships over the preceding three years. The problem with that theory was the emergence, in less than an Olympic cycle, of a strong East German bobsleigh programme. Formed with a backbone of converted track and field athletes the GDR had threatened to break through to the podium positions over the previous seasons and in Innsbruck this was achieved in spectacular fashion. The reigning world champion Erich Schärer, driving Switzerland II, reined in the gap on the second day of competition but Manfred Nehmer’s GDR I bob had built up too much of an advantage to be overhauled in the contest for gold. Nehmer began only the second man to secure victory in both events at the same Games and the first to do so at his début Olympics.

PosNrBobsleighNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
1East Germany IGDR3:40.4354.43 (1)54.64 (1)55.51 (2)55.85 (2)Gold
Meinhard NehmerJochen BabockBernhard GermeshausenBernhard Lehmann
2Switzerland IISUI3:40.8954.96 (5)54.81 (2)55.28 (1)55.84 (1)Silver
Erich SchärerUeli BächliRuedi MartiSepp Benz
3West Germany IFRG3:41.3754.82 (3)54.87 (3)55.53 (3)56.15 (3)Bronze
Wolfgang ZimmererPeter UtzschneiderBodo BittnerManfred Schumann
4East Germany IIGDR3:42.4455.11 (6)55.12 (5)55.63 (4)56.58 (4)
Horst SchönauHorst BernhardtHarald SeifertRaimund Bethge
5West Germany IIFRG3:42.4754.92 (4)54.98 (4)55.70 (5)56.87 (8)
Georg HeiblHans MorantSiegfried RadandtFritz Ohlwärter
6Austria IIAUT3:43.2154.66 (2)55.80 (=10)56.10 (7)56.65 (6)
Werner Delle KarthAndreas SchwabHeinz KrennOtto BregFranz Köfel
7Austria IAUT3:43.7955.51 (8)55.62 (8)56.05 (6)56.61 (5)
Fritz SperlingKurt OberhöllerGerd ZaunschirmDieter Gehmacher
8Romania IROU3:43.9155.54 (9)55.51 (7)56.18 (8)56.68 (7)
Dragoș Panaitescu-RapanPaul NeaguCostel IonescuGheorghe Lixandru
9Switzerland ISUI3:44.0455.29 (7)55.33 (6)56.37 (9)57.05 (9)
Fritz LüdiThomas HagenRudolf SchmidKarl Häseli
10France FRA3:44.9055.75 (=11)55.66 (9)56.43 (10)57.06 (10)
Gérard Christaud-PipolaAlain RoyAndré BelleSerge Hissung
11Italy IIITA3:45.8055.75 (=11)55.80 (=10)57.08 (16)57.17 (11)
Nevio De ZordoEzio FioriRoberto PorziaLino Benoni
12Italy IITA3:45.8755.59 (10)55.92 (12)56.94 (14)57.42 (12)
Giorgio AlveràPiero VegnutiAdriano BeeFrancesco Butteri
13Great Britain IGBR3:46.3956.02 (14)56.07 (13)56.72 (11)57.58 (14)
Jackie PriceColin CampbellBill SweetGomer Lloyd
14Romania IIROU3:46.7056.09 (=15)56.23 (15)56.81 (12)57.57 (13)
Ion PanțuruConstantin RomaniucAlexe Gheorghe TănăsescuMihai Nicolau
15United States IUSA3:46.7256.09 (=15)56.08 (14)56.96 (15)57.59 (15)
Jimmy MorganPeter BrennanJohn ProctorTom Becker
16Sweden SWE3:47.1256.12 (17)56.48 (16)56.87 (13)57.65 (16)
Carl-Erik ErikssonJan JohanssonLeif JohanssonKenth Rönn
17Canada ICAN3:48.0255.97 (13)56.67 (17)57.49 (17)57.89 (17)
Colin NelsonThomas StehrDavid VealeJim Lavalley
18Japan JPN3:49.4156.47 (18)56.97 (21)57.78 (19)58.19 (19)
Susumu EsashikaKazumi AbeRikio SatoKimihiro Shinada
19United States IIUSA3:49.7156.61 (19)56.86 (18)57.89 (21)58.35 (20)
William Hollrock, IIIEarl FrisbieFrederick FritschPhil Duprey
20Great Britain IIGBR3:49.8557.21 (20)56.88 (20)57.75 (18)58.01 (18)
Mark AgarAnthony NortonGraham SweetAndrew Ogilvy-Wedderburn
21Canada IICAN3:50.8657.43 (21)56.87 (19)57.87 (20)58.69 (21)
Christopher FrankWilliam DunnChristopher MartinBrian Vachon