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Singles, Men

Date13 – 14 February 2010
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Sliding Centre, Whistler
Participants38 from 22 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 15
Length: 1198 m
Start Altitude: 909 m
Vertical Drop: 132 m

The dominating presences of the 2009-2010 World Cup season had been two veteran competitors. Armin Zöggeler, 36-year-old Olympic champion at both Salt Lake City and Torino and perenniel contender Albert Demchenko of Russia. Behind them came a plethora of German talent including reigning world champion Felix Loch and former champion David Möller.

Following the tragic death of Nodar Kumaritashvili in practice, the men’s course was shortened to start where the women normally started. Whilst the 178 metres may not sound a great distance, it changed the nature of the competition as it favoured the competitors with a powerful start over those who relied more on the technical skills of driving round a course to gain time. Felix Loch (GER), the world champion from 2008 and 2009, led from the start, and with the leading time from each of the four runs ended with a combined time of 3:13.085. He was followed closely by David Möller (GER), who had the second fastest time in each run, to finish 0.679 seconds behind Loch. Reigning champion from 2002 and 2006, Armin Zöggeler (ITA), who favoured the longer, more technical courses, had the third fastest run on his first two runs. Although his third and fourth runs saw him being the 6th and 4th fastest of the competitors respectively, his combined time of 3:14.375 was enough to give him the bronze medal. This was Zöggeler’s fifth successive Olympic medal, which tied the record of Georg Hackl, and brought his career to an end with a final total of five Olympic (2 gold), 14 World Championship (5 gold), 11 European Championships (3 gold) medals added to nine victories in the season long Word Cup series.

Loch, the son of the president of Germany’s national Luge Federation, had a strange relationship with the Whistler track. His first visit in 2008 had left him in hospital with an injured shoulder but on returning in 2009 a speed trap recorded him at 153.98 km/h (95.68 mph), the fastest speed ever recorded in the sport. At 20-years-old he added the distinction of being the sport’s youngest ever Olympic champion to that of being the youngest ever World Champion.

In last place (38th), was the 47-year-old Argentine Rubén González. This was González’s 4th Winter Games with each appearance coming in a different decade.

Most importantly, in view of the disastrous start to the Olympic programme, was that all those who started came safely home.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
13Felix LochGER3:13.08548.168 (1)48.402 (1)48.344 (1)48.330 (2)Gold
26David MöllerGER3:13.76448.341 (2)48.511 (2)48.582 (2)48.171 (1)Silver
38Armin ZöggelerITA3:14.37548.473 (3)48.529 (3)48.914 (6)48.459 (4)Bronze
410Albert DemchenkoRUS3:14.40548.590 (5)48.579 (4)48.769 (3)48.467 (5)
512Andi LangenhanGER3:14.62948.629 (6)48.658 (5)48.869 (4)48.473 (6)
67Daniel PfisterAUT3:14.72648.583 (4)48.707 (6)48.883 (5)48.553 (7)
717Sam EdneyCAN3:14.84048.754 (11)48.793 (10)48.920 (7)48.373 (3)
85Tony BenshoofUSA3:15.12848.657 (7)48.747 (7)49.010 (8)48.714 (11)
99Wolfgang KindlAUT3:15.21548.707 (9)48.755 (8)49.080 (10)48.673 (8)
1021Manuel PfisterAUT3:15.26948.677 (8)48.835 (9)49.064 (9)48.693 (9)
1120Mārtiņš RubenisLAT3:15.66848.818 (13)48.831 (11)49.210 (12)48.809 (16)
1215Viktor KneybRUS3:15.73248.899 (17)48.862 (12)49.224 (14)48.747 (13)
131Chris MazdzerUSA3:15.81348.811 (12)48.963 (13)49.223 (13)48.816 (17)
1419Jeff ChristieCAN3:15.82348.881 (15)48.904 (14)49.308 (18)48.730 (12)
1513Bengt WaldenUSA3:15.98449.002 (20)48.865 (15)49.323 (19)48.794 (15)
1622AJ RosenGBR3:16.01648.896 (16)49.005 (16)49.259 (=15)48.856 (19)
1711David MairITA3:16.19948.978 (19)48.989 (18)49.387 (21)48.845 (18)
1835Inārs KivlenieksLAT3:16.20448.960 (18)49.065 (19)49.259 (=15)48.920 (20)
1918Stepan FyodorovRUS3:16.21749.214 (24)48.859 (20)49.123 (11)49.021 (22)
2024Ian CockerlineCAN3:16.24349.033 (21)49.132 (21)49.297 (17)48.781 (14)
214Reinhold RainerITA3:16.33448.846 (14)49.065 (17)49.416 (22)49.007 (21)
2223Thomas GirodFRA3:16.85049.077 (22)49.192 (22)49.424 (23)49.157 (26)
2330Maciej KurowskiPOL3:17.02749.427 (29)49.200 (24)49.361 (20)49.039 (23)
2414Jozef NinisSVK3:17.11449.196 (23)49.153 (23)49.643 (30)49.122 (25)
2533Ondřej HymanCZE3:17.38949.284 (26)49.346 (25)49.512 (26)49.247 (28)
2636Guntis RēķisLAT3:17.44749.275 (25)49.625 (27)49.476 (25)49.071 (24)
2729Domen PociechaSLO3:17.74649.340 (27)49.457 (26)49.587 (28)49.362 (29)
2827Jakub HymanCZE3:17.80149.379 (28)49.726 (29)49.465 (24)49.231 (27)
2937Shiva KeshavanIND3:18.47349.561 (31)49.529 (28)49.597 (29)49.786 (31)
3016Takahisa OguchiJPN3:19.04349.542 (30)49.780 (30)49.818 (31)49.903 (32)
3134Valentin CrețuROU3:19.47549.726 (32)50.224 (31)49.931 (32)49.594 (30)
322Stefan HöhenerSUI3:20.83848.728 (10)53.838 (37)49.559 (27)48.713 (10)
3332Bogdan MacoveiMDA3:21.35450.425 (35)50.175 (32)50.423 (33)50.331 (33)
3431Ma Chih-HungTPE3:22.36250.318 (33)50.460 (33)51.090 (36)50.494 (36)
3525Petar IlievBUL3:22.39850.348 (34)50.701 (34)50.921 (34)50.428 (35)
3626Lee YongKOR3:23.29650.549 (36)50.607 (35)51.012 (35)51.128 (37)
3728Ivan PapukchievBUL3:23.33250.932 (37)50.909 (36)51.105 (37)50.386 (34)
3839Rubén GonzálezARG3:28.00052.540 (38)52.155 (38)52.298 (38)51.312 (38)
DNS38Levan GureshidzeGEO– (DNS)