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Singles, Men

Date4 – 7 February 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationKunsteis-Bob- und Rodelbahn, Igls
Participants43 from 15 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 14
Length: 1220 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 103 m

Once more, the competitors from East and West Germany divided the medals among them. The strength of the East German team was shown from the fact that the reigning World Champion and 1972 bronze medallist, Wolfram Fiedler, did not make the cut. This left 1973 World Champion Hans Rinn as the clear favourite. But he made a serious error in the first run, putting him 0.6 seconds behind Dettlef Günther, who had been the 1975 European Champion, but had only managed a 7th spot at the World Championships. Günther would also win the 3rd and 4th run, giving him a comfortable lead. Only West German Josef Fendt could seriously challenge him, but even the former World Champion (1970, 1973) had to concede half a second in the final standings.

The unluckiest slider in Innsbruck was without a doubt Huang Liu-Chong. He was actually the best non-European, as shown by his performances in the first and fourth run, but he finished last because of two crashes in the other two runs. Remarkably, he did finish both times, but ended up more than one minute behind the next-to-last luger – a huge gap in luge terms.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
128Dettlef GüntherGDR3:27.68852.381 (1)52.107 (4)51.418 (1)51.782 (1)Gold
234Josef FendtFRG3:28.19652.694 (2)51.933 (1)51.749 (3)51.820 (2)Silver
331Hans RinnGDR3:28.57452.916 (6)51.968 (2)51.690 (2)52.000 (3)Bronze
435Hans-Heinrich WinklerGDR3:29.45452.848 (5)52.328 (7)52.069 (5)52.209 (4)
516Manfred SchmidAUT3:29.51152.973 (8)52.073 (3)52.113 (6)52.352 (=6)
620Anton WinklerFRG3:29.52052.755 (3)52.194 (5)52.219 (8)52.352 (=6)
726Reinhold SulzbacherAUT3:30.39853.137 (10)52.491 (8)52.204 (7)52.566 (8)
83Dainis BremzeURS3:30.57652.984 (9)52.567 (9)52.364 (10)52.661 (9)
936Rudolf SchmidAUT3:31.41952.933 (7)53.806 (17)52.361 (9)52.319 (5)
1030Vladimir ShitovURS3:32.57053.485 (11)53.025 (10)52.927 (11)53.133 (11)
1132Karl BrunnerITA3:33.18853.916 (12)53.228 (11)53.023 (12)53.021 (10)
129Jan KasielskiPOL3:34.18953.969 (13)53.551 (15)53.115 (14)53.554 (13)
1324Aigars KriķisURS3:34.69554.243 (16)53.415 (13)53.273 (16)53.764 (17)
1439Stanislav PtáčníkTCH3:34.83854.450 (20)53.810 (18)53.207 (15)53.371 (12)
1511Stefan KjernholmSWE3:34.99054.382 (19)53.495 (14)53.502 (=19)53.611 (15)
164Mirosław WięckowskiPOL3:35.22054.739 (24)53.782 (16)53.113 (13)53.586 (14)
1743Michael GårdebäckSWE3:36.14854.662 (23)53.887 (20)53.701 (21)53.898 (18)
185Jindřich ZemanTCH3:36.16754.377 (18)53.974 (22)53.748 (22)54.068 (20)
1925Andrzej PiekoszewskiPOL3:36.25954.474 (22)54.166 (23)53.502 (=19)54.117 (21)
2019Morten Nordeide JohansenNOR3:36.87954.460 (21)53.899 (21)54.155 (25)54.365 (22)
2112Nils VinbergSWE3:38.47954.916 (25)54.494 (25)54.640 (28)54.429 (23)
2223Christian StrømNOR3:38.79255.125 (26)54.603 (26)54.347 (26)54.717 (24)
232Vladimír ReslTCH3:40.23554.109 (15)59.068 (40)53.418 (18)53.640 (16)
2433Hidetoshi SatoJPN3:40.93155.699 (28)55.142 (28)54.906 (29)55.184 (27)
2537Richard CavanaughUSA3:41.35756.186 (29)55.669 (35)54.572 (27)54.930 (26)
2642Jim MurrayUSA3:42.15256.269 (32)55.554 (33)55.142 (32)55.187 (28)
277Kazuaki IchikawaJPN3:42.44256.252 (30)55.502 (32)55.400 (35)55.288 (29)
2841Terry O'BrienUSA3:42.53656.366 (34)55.647 (34)55.172 (33)55.351 (30)
2940Michel de CarvalhoGBR3:42.66556.340 (33)55.412 (31)55.277 (34)55.636 (32)
306Jeremy Palmer-TomkinsonGBR3:42.72457.056 (39)54.881 (27)54.959 (30)55.828 (34)
3127Larry ArbuthnotCAN3:42.78456.691 (35)55.380 (29)55.085 (31)55.628 (31)
3215Max BeckLIE3:44.78256.748 (37)55.388 (30)55.614 (36)57.032 (37)
3314Richard LiversedgeGBR3:44.83956.721 (36)55.997 (37)55.989 (38)56.132 (36)
3418Shieh Wei-ChengTPE3:45.20056.256 (31)56.213 (39)56.914 (40)55.817 (33)
3510Michael ShraggeCAN3:46.29257.950 (40)55.812 (36)56.656 (39)55.874 (35)
3629Bjørn DyrdahlNOR3:47.0441:04.969 (41)54.185 (24)53.911 (24)53.979 (19)
3713Peter GschnitzerITA4:08.76054.051 (14)53.812 (19)53.357 (17)1:27.540 (38)
388Huang Liu-ChongTPE5:22.64655.405 (27)1:42.821 (41)1:49.520 (41)54.900 (25)
AC21Paul HildgartnerITA54.348 (17)53.373 (12)53.828 (23)– (DNS)DNF
AC38Rainer GassnerLIE– (AC)DNF
AC17Wolfgang SchädlerLIE56.858 (38)56.185 (38)55.755 (37)– (AC)DNF
AC22Denis MichaudCAN56.671 (AC)DQ1
AC1Stefan HölzlwimmerFRG52.766 (4)52.226 (6)52.036 (4)– (AC)DNF