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Singles, Men

Date4 – 7 February 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationMount Teine Luge Course, Mount Teine
Participants45 from 13 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 14
Length: 1023 m
Start Altitude: 443 m
Vertical Drop: 101 m

East Germany’s dominance in this event was unprecedented, with their four lugers taking places 1 through 4. While the Germans had been favourites, a complete sweep was unexpected, especially considering that the East Germans had not won a World or Olympic title in the event since 1967. The winner was Wolfgang Scheidel, who had been runner-up at the European Championships in 1971 and 1972. He had won his only international title prior to Sapporo in 1965, winning the doubles at the World Championships. Scheidel built up a decent lead on run 1 and 2, with two wins. He then kept his lead without much trouble. Behind him, his compatriots Harald Ehrig (European Champion in 1970), and Wolfram Fiedler (European Champion in 1972) divided the other medals. Outside the podium, the fourth East German and two West Germans confirmed Germany’s dominance of the sport.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
116Wolfgang ScheidelGDR3:27.5852.17 (1)52.06 (1)51.58 (2)51.77 (3)Gold
220Harald EhrigGDR3:28.3952.60 (2)52.32 (2)51.74 (4)51.73 (2)Silver
345Wolfram FiedlerGDR3:28.7353.04 (6)52.55 (3)51.61 (3)51.53 (1)Bronze
439Klaus-Michael BonsackGDR3:29.1652.98 (3)52.72 (4)51.54 (1)51.92 (5)
518Leonhard NagenrauftFRG3:29.6753.00 (4)52.79 (7)51.97 (6)51.91 (4)
623Josef FendtFRG3:30.0353.03 (5)52.73 (5)52.25 (9)52.02 (7)
71Manfred SchmidAUT3:30.0553.06 (7)52.80 (8)52.19 (7)52.00 (6)
829Paul HildgartnerITA3:30.5553.66 (12)52.76 (6)51.94 (5)52.19 (=9)
915Karl BrunnerITA3:30.8753.14 (9)53.26 (11)52.28 (10)52.19 (=9)
108Josef FeistmantlAUT3:31.3253.18 (10)53.11 (9)52.52 (13)52.51 (11)
1140Emilio LechnerITA3:31.4153.59 (11)53.49 (13)52.20 (8)52.13 (8)
122Janusz GrzemowskiPOL3:31.4453.07 (8)53.12 (10)52.66 (=15)52.59 (12)
1331Lucjan KudziaPOL3:32.8354.14 (19)53.58 (15)52.36 (11)52.75 (13)
1430Christian StrømNOR3:33.0153.79 (13)53.68 (16)52.46 (12)53.08 (17)
1521Wolfgang WinklerFRG3:33.0854.07 (14)53.53 (14)52.66 (=15)52.82 (15)
1641Rudolf SchmidAUT3:33.7654.33 (20)53.93 (18)52.74 (17)52.76 (14)
1738Hans WimmerFRG3:33.8054.09 (=15)53.82 (17)52.62 (14)53.27 (21)
186Masako EguchiJPN3:33.8154.09 (=15)53.37 (12)52.78 (18)53.57 (25)
1933Ryszard GawiorPOL3:34.9454.72 (24)54.09 (20)53.26 (21)52.87 (16)
2013Kazuaki IchikawaJPN3:34.9954.09 (=15)54.21 (22)53.29 (22)53.40 (22)
2122Leo AtzwangerITA3:35.3354.41 (21)54.32 (23)53.38 (23)53.22 (20)
2228Stephen SindingNOR3:35.4154.98 (27)54.05 (19)53.19 (20)53.19 (19)
237Franz SchachnerAUT3:35.6254.67 (23)54.38 (24)53.40 (24)53.17 (18)
2432Masatoshi KobayashiJPN3:36.3955.30 (32)54.43 (25)53.00 (19)53.66 (27)
2519Larry ArbuthnotCAN3:36.5754.11 (18)54.17 (21)54.17 (31)54.12 (33)
2612Satoru AraiJPN3:37.3154.76 (26)55.07 (30)53.75 (25)53.73 (29)
2711Mirosław WięckowskiPOL3:37.6154.43 (22)54.82 (27)54.61 (34)53.75 (30)
2837Jim MurrayUSA3:37.9355.31 (33)55.22 (34)53.94 (27)53.46 (23)
2934Yury YegorovURS3:38.0055.08 (28)54.58 (26)54.64 (35)53.70 (28)
3044Bjørn DyrdahlNOR3:38.0554.73 (25)55.13 (31)54.67 (36)53.52 (24)
319Terry O'BrienUSA3:38.2455.41 (34)55.17 (32)54.02 (28)53.64 (26)
3217Ralph HavensUSA3:38.3255.17 (30)54.84 (28)54.31 (32)54.00 (32)
3343Sergey OsipovURS3:38.9955.48 (35)55.27 (36)54.06 (29)54.18 (34)
345Jonnie WoodallGBR3:40.1555.11 (29)55.21 (33)54.78 (38)55.05 (38)
354David McCombCAN3:40.4355.20 (31)56.14 (41)54.52 (33)54.57 (35)
3627Pierre LarchierFRA3:41.7655.86 (37)56.28 (42)54.68 (37)54.94 (37)
3726Viktor IlyinURS3:42.0856.12 (39)55.50 (37)55.21 (41)55.25 (39)
3814Doug HansenCAN3:42.2255.73 (36)55.94 (39)55.20 (40)55.35 (40)
393Werner SeleLIE3:42.3856.39 (40)56.04 (40)55.03 (39)54.92 (36)
4036Jeremy Palmer-TomkinsonGBR3:43.6157.23 (41)55.59 (38)55.36 (42)55.43 (41)
4110Yury SvetikovURS3:43.691:00.82 (44)55.01 (29)54.08 (30)53.78 (31)
4224Richard LiversedgeGBR3:46.4957.38 (42)57.08 (43)55.71 (43)56.32 (42)
4342Rupert DeenGBR3:55.5459.21 (43)59.65 (44)58.10 (44)58.58 (43)
4425Bob Rock, Jr.USA3:59.0455.98 (38)55.25 (35)53.85 (26)1:13.96 (44)
AC35Paul NielsenCAN– (AC)DNF