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Singles, Men1

Date11 – 13 February 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationPiste de Luge, Villard-de-Lans
Participants50 from 14 countries
FormatThree runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 14
Length: 1000 m
Start Altitude: 1110 m
Vertical Drop: 110 m

Although the Germans, who dominated the podium in 1964, were now split into East and West Germany, their lugers were still the best in the world. Innsbruck bronze medallist Hans Plenk (West German) had won the 1965 World Championships, while defending Olympic champion Thomas Köhler won the 1967 title (the 1966 championships were cancelled due to bad weather). Other German medal hopes were 1967 European Champion Leonhard Nagenrauft and Köhler’s double partner, Klaus-Michael Bonsack, also the 1964 silver medallist. But the Germans were upset by Austria’s Manfred Schmid. Schmid was mostly known for his silver medal in the doubles at the 1967 World Championships, and not considered a potential medallist at Villard-de-Lans. On unpaid leave from his job as a metal worker, he surprisingly mingled with the top Germans in the training runs. Schmid’s father died on the day before the first run was finally held (after several days delay due to poor weather), but Schmid decided to compete anyway. His 57.16-second run was 0.14 faster than Plenk, and much faster than the East Germans. Köhler and Bonsack countered in the second and third runs, but a showdown in the 4th run was not to be when the organizers decided to cancel the final run, declaring Schmid Olympic Champion.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3
141Manfred SchmidAUT2:52.4857.16 (1)57.73 (3)57.59 (2)Gold
249Thomas KöhlerGDR2:52.6657.68 (5)57.47 (1)57.51 (1)Silver
332Klaus-Michael BonsackGDR2:53.3357.90 (8)57.63 (2)57.80 (5)Bronze
440Zbigniew GawiorPOL2:53.5157.55 (4)58.35 (6)57.61 (3)
545Josef FeistmantlAUT2:53.5757.78 (6)58.06 (5)57.73 (4)
62Hans PlenkFRG2:53.6757.30 (2)58.37 (7)58.00 (6)
735Horst HörnleinGDR2:54.1057.49 (3)58.04 (4)58.57 (13)
848Jerzy WojnarPOL2:54.6258.16 (12)58.38 (8)58.08 (7)
933Leonhard NagenrauftFRG2:54.7157.87 (7)58.45 (9)58.39 (9)
1015Emilio LechnerITA2:55.1057.94 (9)58.63 (13)58.53 (12)
1112Wolfgang WinklerFRG2:55.3558.08 (10)58.86 (14)58.41 (10)
121Giovanni GraberITA2:55.5658.09 (11)58.59 (12)58.88 (17)
1344Lucjan KudziaPOL2:55.9159.27 (26)58.46 (10)58.18 (8)
1442Helmut ThalerAUT2:56.0558.42 (14)59.03 (16)58.60 (14)
1526Jan HamříkTCH2:56.0658.43 (15)58.56 (11)59.07 (21)
1611Sigisfredo MairITA2:56.1858.22 (13)59.51 (24)58.45 (11)
1743Fritz NachmannFRG2:56.4158.54 (16)59.05 (17)58.82 (16)
1851Raimondo PrinothITA2:56.8558.80 (17)59.16 (19)58.89 (18)
199Rolf Greger StrømNOR2:56.9959.04 (22)59.28 (21)58.67 (15)
2046František HalířTCH2:57.1059.07 (23)59.10 (18)58.93 (19)
2130Jan-Axel StrømNOR2:57.1458.84 (18)59.26 (20)59.04 (20)
2219Tadeusz RadwanPOL2:57.2359.03 (21)59.01 (15)59.19 (22)
2337Jan NilssonSWE2:57.9159.00 (20)59.67 (27)59.24 (23)
2410Horst UrbanTCH2:58.3858.93 (19)59.54 (25)59.91 (27)
2518Hans SahlinSWE2:58.4659.12 (24)59.36 (22)59.98 (28)
2613Kim LaytonUSA2:58.6459.73 (27)59.45 (23)59.46 (24)
2720Roland UrbanTCH2:59.0359.20 (25)59.59 (26)1:00.24 (31)
286Jim MurrayUSA3:00.001:00.34 (32)59.94 (29)59.72 (26)
294Georges TresalletFRA3:00.3759.75 (28)1:00.41 (31)1:00.21 (30)
305Mike HesselUSA3:00.621:00.00 (29)1:00.46 (32)1:00.16 (29)
3129Roger EddyCAN3:01.391:00.69 (33)1:00.30 (30)1:00.40 (32)
323Ivar BjareSWE3:02.801:00.73 (34)1:01.44 (36)1:00.63 (33)
3322Larry ArbuthnotCAN3:03.011:00.10 (30)1:00.92 (33)1:01.99 (41)
3423Per-Ulf HelanderSWE3:03.121:00.25 (31)1:01.67 (37)1:01.20 (34)
3517Jean-Pierre De PetroFRA3:03.531:01.03 (36)1:01.24 (34)1:01.26 (35)
3616Werner SeleLIE3:03.881:00.92 (35)1:01.27 (35)1:01.69 (39)
3714Colin NelsonCAN3:04.561:01.13 (37)1:01.90 (38)1:01.53 (38)
3839Ion PervilhacFRA3:06.421:01.98 (38)1:02.99 (40)1:01.45 (37)
3936Richard LiversedgeGBR3:07.041:02.83 (40)1:02.81 (39)1:01.40 (36)
4038James ManclarkGBR3:07.941:02.99 (41)1:03.12 (41)1:01.83 (40)
4131Simon BeckLIE3:11.651:03.52 (43)1:04.54 (44)1:03.59 (43)
4224Jesús GatellESP3:11.781:03.15 (42)1:04.38 (43)1:04.25 (44)
4352Jorge MonjoESP3:13.651:05.18 (45)1:03.35 (42)1:05.12 (46)
4421Jorge RouraESP3:13.971:04.01 (44)1:05.54 (46)1:04.42 (45)
4534Luis OmedesESP3:25.141:14.43 (46)1:04.89 (45)1:05.82 (47)
4628Robin PartchUSA3:29.671:30.36 (47)59.78 (28)59.53 (25)
477D'Arcy CoulsonCAN3:36.121:02.69 (39)1:31.24 (47)1:02.19 (42)
AC50Julius SchädlerLIE– (AC)DNF
AC8Peter KretauerAUT– (AC)DQ
AC25Wolfgang ScheidelGDR– (AC)DQ
DNS47Matiás StinnesARG– (DNS)
DNS27Pierre LarchierFRA– (DNS)