| Event type

Singles, Women

Date15 – 16 February 2010
LocationWhistler Sliding Centre, Whistler
Participants29 from 14 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 14
Length: 953 m
Start Altitude: 883 m
Vertical Drop: 96 m

Germany’s female lugers had maintained their unbeaten run in all World Cup events since the Torino Games and regularly filled all three places on the podium. As such it seemed an obvious prediction that two time World Champion Tatjana Hüfner and compatriots Natalie Geisenberger and Anke Wischnewski would be the sliders to beat in Vancouver. The main threat to German victory came from a pair of North Americans. In February 2009 American Erin Hamlin had broken the 15-year run of German victories in major global championships by becoming the first World Champion from the USA whilst Alex Gough of Canada, 8th in the 2009-10 World Cup, had more experience on the track conditions than any other slider.

Following the tragic death of Nodar Kumaritashvili in practice it was decided that the women’s course would be over a shorter distance than originally planned, namely the junior course. This brought criticism particularly by the Canadian team, that some thought a little tactless considering the circumstances, that the contest would be turned into a lottery. While this change was thought to favour those lugers with a more powerful start this proved only partially to be the case. The angle of the start, designed for junior races, was not designed for the power of the senior races. The racers had to make a compromise between the need to carry the speed of a powerful start and the necessity to negotiate a difficult corner without being forced up high onto the ice wall and losing all the advantage gained.

The Germans Tatjana Hüfner and Natalie Geisenberger were favoured to take the first two medals but, rather surprisingly Nina Reithmayer (AUT) led after the first run in a track record time of 41.728 seconds. However Hüfner clawed her way back to take the lead after the second run and retained her lead for the rest of the competition to take the gold medal with the fastest runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th runs. Reithmayer managed to hold on to the silver medal place ahead of Geisenberger who, despite having only the 7th best time on the final run, held on to take the bronze from fast finishing Tatyana Ivanova (RUS). World champion Erin Hamlin failed to cope with the changes to the circuit and placed a lowly 16th as European athletes took the first 14 places in the finishing order.

The safety of the competitors was paramount after the tragic death of Nodar Kumaritashvili on a training run but the women’s event was not entirely free of injury. Violeta Strămăturaru of Romania was knocked unconscious during a training run and the ensuing concussion forced her to withdraw from the Games.

PosCompetitorNOCTimeRun #1Run #2Run #3Run #4
1Tatjana HüfnerGER2:46.52441.760 (3)41.481 (1)41.666 (1)41.617 (1)Gold
2Nina ReithmayerAUT2:47.01441.728 (1)41.563 (2)41.884 (3)41.839 (2)Silver
3Natalie GeisenbergerGER2:47.10141.743 (2)41.657 (4)41.800 (2)41.901 (7)Bronze
4Tatyana IvanovaRUS2:47.18141.816 (6)41.601 (3)41.914 (5)41.850 (3)
5Anke WischnewskiGER2:47.25341.785 (5)41.685 (5)41.894 (4)41.889 (5)
6Aleksandra RodionovaRUS2:47.45641.828 (7)41.731 (7)41.984 (8)41.913 (8)
7Martina KocherSUI2:47.57542.005 (13)41.697 (6)41.976 (7)41.897 (6)
8Ewelina StaszulonekPOL2:47.62141.975 (10)41.816 (10)41.948 (6)41.882 (4)
9Maija TīrumaLAT2:47.65441.773 (4)41.933 (13)42.012 (9)41.936 (9)
10Nataliya KhorevaRUS2:47.98441.932 (9)41.785 (8)42.175 (12)42.092 (12)
11Nataliya YakushenkoUKR2:48.08642.119 (16)41.809 (9)42.132 (11)42.026 (10)
12Veronika HalderAUT2:48.11742.015 (14)41.881 (11)42.078 (10)42.143 (14)
13Anna OrlovaLAT2:48.30541.998 (11)41.947 (14)42.260 (14)42.100 (13)
14Veronika SabolováSVK2:48.54241.999 (12)41.925 (12)42.563 (19)42.055 (11)
15Regan LauscherCAN2:49.02142.368 (21)42.289 (21)42.211 (13)42.153 (15)
16Erin HamlinUSA2:49.10841.835 (8)42.219 (20)42.792 (24)42.262 (16)
17Julia ClukeyUSA2:49.36042.059 (15)42.075 (15)42.472 (16)42.754 (25)
18Alex GoughCAN2:49.39142.275 (17)42.411 (24)42.346 (15)42.359 (18)
19Liliya LudanUKR2:49.45542.312 (19)42.302 (22)42.477 (17)42.364 (19)
20Sandra GaspariniITA2:50.00242.339 (20)42.161 (17)42.881 (26)42.621 (23)
21Raluca StrămăturaruROU2:50.07242.475 (23)42.198 (19)42.815 (25)42.584 (22)
22Megan SweeneyUSA2:50.21542.450 (22)42.690 (27)42.625 (22)42.450 (20)
23Hannah Campbell-PeggAUS2:50.22242.527 (25)42.570 (26)42.606 (21)42.519 (21)
24Agnese KoklačaLAT2:50.38842.627 (27)42.334 (23)43.091 (27)42.336 (17)
25Meaghan SimisterCAN2:50.47042.524 (24)42.497 (25)42.787 (23)42.662 (24)
26Madoka HaradaJPN2:50.48042.608 (26)42.112 (16)42.572 (20)43.188 (26)
27Jana ŠišajováSVK2:55.09942.297 (18)42.172 (18)42.529 (18)48.101 (27)
DNFMihaela ChirașROU43.494 (28)– (DNF)
DQAya YasudaJPN[43.471] (DQ)1