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Singles, Women

Date15 – 16 February 2010
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Sliding Centre, Whistler
Participants29 from 14 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue 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.

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
16Tatjana HüfnerGER2:46.52441.760 (3)41.481 (1)41.666 (1)41.617 (1)Gold
22Nina ReithmayerAUT2:47.01441.728 (1)41.563 (2)41.884 (3)41.839 (2)Silver
310Natalie GeisenbergerGER2:47.10141.743 (2)41.657 (4)41.800 (2)41.901 (7)Bronze
423Tatyana IvanovaRUS2:47.18141.816 (6)41.601 (3)41.914 (5)41.850 (3)
59Anke WischnewskiGER2:47.25341.785 (5)41.685 (5)41.894 (4)41.889 (5)
68Aleksandra RodionovaRUS2:47.45641.828 (7)41.731 (7)41.984 (8)41.913 (8)
73Martina KocherSUI2:47.57542.005 (13)41.697 (6)41.976 (7)41.897 (6)
829Ewelina StaszulonekPOL2:47.62141.975 (10)41.816 (10)41.948 (6)41.882 (4)
916Maija TīrumaLAT2:47.65441.773 (4)41.933 (13)42.012 (9)41.936 (9)
1024Nataliya KhorevaRUS2:47.98441.932 (9)41.785 (8)42.175 (12)42.092 (12)
111Nataliya YakushenkoUKR2:48.08642.119 (16)41.809 (9)42.132 (11)42.026 (10)
127Veronika HalderAUT2:48.11742.015 (14)41.881 (11)42.078 (10)42.143 (14)
1326Anna OrlovaLAT2:48.30541.998 (11)41.947 (14)42.260 (14)42.100 (13)
1417Veronika SabolováSVK2:48.54241.999 (12)41.925 (12)42.563 (19)42.055 (11)
1513Regan LauscherCAN2:49.02142.368 (21)42.289 (21)42.211 (13)42.153 (15)
1611Erin HamlinUSA2:49.10841.835 (8)42.219 (20)42.792 (24)42.262 (16)
1712Julia ClukeyUSA2:49.36042.059 (15)42.075 (15)42.472 (16)42.754 (25)
185Alex GoughCAN2:49.39142.275 (17)42.411 (24)42.346 (15)42.359 (18)
1915Liliya LudanUKR2:49.45542.312 (19)42.302 (22)42.477 (17)42.364 (19)
2014Sandra GaspariniITA2:50.00242.339 (20)42.161 (17)42.881 (26)42.621 (23)
2122Raluca StrămăturaruROU2:50.07242.475 (23)42.198 (19)42.815 (25)42.584 (22)
224Megan SweeneyUSA2:50.21542.450 (22)42.690 (27)42.625 (22)42.450 (20)
2328Hannah Campbell-PeggAUS2:50.22242.527 (25)42.570 (26)42.606 (21)42.519 (21)
2427Agnese KoklačaLAT2:50.38842.627 (27)42.334 (23)43.091 (27)42.336 (17)
2520Meaghan SimisterCAN2:50.47042.524 (24)42.497 (25)42.787 (23)42.662 (24)
2618Madoka HaradaJPN2:50.48042.608 (26)42.112 (16)42.572 (20)43.188 (26)
2719Jana ŠišajováSVK2:55.09942.297 (18)42.172 (18)42.529 (18)48.101 (27)
AC25Mihaela ChirașROU43.494 (28)– (AC)DNF
AC21Aya YasudaJPN43.471 (AC)DQ1