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Doubles, Open

Date10 February 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationMount Teine Luge Course, Mount Teine
Participants40 from 11 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 11
Length: 763 m
Start Altitude: 420 m
Vertical Drop: 78 m

This was the only 1972 luge event in which in the East Germans did not sweep the medals, if only because each country was only allowed to enter two teams. The Germans weren’t even favoured for the gold, as that was expected to go to either the Italians Paul Hildgartner/Walter Plaikner or the Austrians Manfred Schmid/Ewald Walch. Hildgartner/Plaikner had won the 1971 world title ahead of the Austrians, who had been champions in 1969 and 1970. But Germany entered the bronze medallists of the 1971 Worlds, Horst Hörnlein/Reinhard Bredow as well as Klaus-Michael Bonsack, reigning Olympic champion.

The competition provided the organizers with two problems. First, the starting gate malfunctioned, and the results of the first run were annulled. Then, after two runs, Hildgartner/Plaikner and Hörnlein/Bredow were tied for first place. No provisions were made for such a case, and gold medals were awarded to both teams. The Japanese lugers finished in fourth place, the best performance by a non-European luge crew at the Olympics up to 1972.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
=18Paul Hildgartner / Walter PlaiknerITA1:28.3544.21 (1)44.14 (2)Gold
=116Horst Hörnlein / Reinhard BredowGDR1:28.3544.27 (2)44.08 (1)Gold
311Klaus-Michael Bonsack / Wolfram FiedlerGDR1:29.1644.69 (3)44.47 (3)Bronze
417Satoru Arai / Masatoshi KobayashiJPN1:29.6344.73 (4)44.90 (7)
=55Hans Brandner / Balthasar SchwarmFRG1:29.6644.86 (5)44.80 (5)
=512Mirosław Więckowski / Wojciech KubikPOL1:29.6644.88 (6)44.78 (4)
77Manfred Schmid / Ewald WalchAUT1:29.7544.92 (7)44.83 (6)
815Sigisfredo Mair / Ernesto MairITA1:30.2645.22 (8)45.04 (8)
=919Rudolf Schmid / Franz SchachnerAUT1:30.6845.37 (10)45.31 (=9)
=920Lucjan Kudzia / Ryszard GawiorPOL1:30.6845.28 (9)45.40 (11)
119Stefan Hölzlwimmer / Hans WimmerFRG1:30.9245.61 (11)45.31 (=9)
1213Yury Svetikov / Sergey OsipovURS1:31.1245.64 (12)45.48 (12)
132Yury Yegorov / Viktor IlyinURS1:31.1945.66 (13)45.53 (13)
1418Christian Strøm / Stephen SindingNOR1:32.0645.81 (14)46.25 (16)
151Jack Elder / Frank Jones, Jr.USA1:32.5946.48 (16)46.11 (14)
163Larry Arbuthnot / Doug HansenCAN1:32.6946.47 (15)46.22 (15)
1710Robert Berkley, Jr. / Richard CavanaughUSA1:33.1746.58 (17)46.59 (17)
184Masako Eguchi / Kazuaki IchikawaJPN1:33.5646.93 (19)46.63 (18)
196Stephen Marsh / Jonnie WoodallGBR1:33.8246.77 (18)47.05 (19)
2014Michel de Carvalho / Jeremy Palmer-TomkinsonGBR1:34.5947.09 (20)47.50 (20)