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Singles, Men

Date13 – 16 February 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationMt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid (Bob Run)
Participants30 from 13 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
Venue detailsCurves: 14
Length: 1014 m
Start Altitude: 731 m
Vertical Drop: 96 m

As always, the East Germans were favoured for the gold medal. With Dettlef Günther, they had the defending World and Olympic champion in their midst. The 1977 World Champion, Hans Rinn was also competing for the DDR. Expected to challenge the East Europeans was Paul Hildgartner, the Italian who had taken the 1978 world title, and had been a doubles Olympic champion back in Sapporo.

After two days, the leader was, as expected, Günther with two wins. Rinn had been eliminated for a medal position after an error in curve 12, which would come to play a decisive role in the competition. Behind Günther, the Italian Ernst Haspinger (who would win the season’s World Cup) and compatriot Bernhard Glass (bronze at the 1979 European Championships) took places 2 and 3. In the third run, Günther was heading for another win when he fell over coming out of turn 12. He managed to get back on the sled and finish, but had tumbled back to 9th in the overall standings. With one descent to go, this left Ernst Haspinger in pole position for the Olympic gold. His main challenger, Glass, set the first time in the last run, 43.482. Haspinger had almost half a second on Glass – a large margin in luge terms – and seemed headed for the gold until 150 metres before the finish. Once more, turn 12 took a victim, and Haspinger finished last in the run and fell off the podium. Glass thus became the surprising winner, ahead of Hildgartner and Anton Winkler (FRG).

PosNrSliderNOCTimeRun 1Run 2Run 3Run 4
130Bernhard GlassGDR2:54.79643.609 (4)43.780 (2)43.925 (3)43.482 (1)Gold
217Paul HildgartnerITA2:55.37243.652 (5)44.000 (4)43.708 (2)44.012 (3)Silver
312Anton WinklerFRG2:56.54543.885 (7)44.045 (5)44.310 (6)44.305 (4)Bronze
44Dettlef GüntherGDR2:57.16343.199 (1)43.555 (1)46.879 (23)43.530 (2)
53Gerhard SandbichlerAUT2:57.45144.128 (9)44.711 (8)44.305 (5)44.307 (5)
614Franz WilhelmerAUT2:57.48344.162 (10)44.783 (10)44.159 (4)44.379 (7)
75Gerhard BöhmerFRG2:57.76944.010 (8)44.741 (9)44.434 (7)44.584 (9)
824Anton WembacherFRG2:58.01244.308 (13)44.549 (7)44.835 (9)44.320 (6)
99Albert GrafAUT2:58.02344.253 (11)44.524 (6)44.815 (8)44.431 (8)
1025Jindřich ZemanTCH3:00.93544.901 (15)45.438 (16)45.571 (16)45.025 (12)
111Bruce SmithCAN3:01.07445.442 (23)45.305 (12)45.479 (15)44.848 (10)
122Jeff TuckerUSA3:01.29645.158 (17)45.311 (13)45.427 (14)45.400 (16)
1320Rainer GassnerLIE3:02.07445.283 (19)45.956 (20)45.907 (19)44.928 (11)
1427John FeeUSA3:02.11245.328 (21)45.407 (15)46.032 (20)45.345 (15)
1529Jeremy Palmer-TomkinsonGBR3:02.26445.191 (18)46.947 (22)45.060 (12)45.066 (13)
1622Neil TownshendGBR3:02.39946.726 (27)45.358 (14)45.037 (11)45.278 (14)
178Mark JensenCAN3:02.81045.150 (16)46.218 (21)45.363 (13)46.079 (19)
1826Stefan KjernholmSWE3:02.90844.565 (14)44.905 (11)44.900 (10)48.538 (22)
1911Koji KuriyamaJPN3:03.08245.820 (26)45.872 (17)45.852 (18)45.538 (18)
2015Richard StithemUSA3:03.09245.418 (22)45.938 (19)46.245 (21)45.491 (17)
2118Ernst HaspingerITA3:03.41643.435 (2)43.833 (3)43.592 (1)52.556 (23)
2219Derek PrenticeGBR3:04.52245.502 (24)45.880 (18)46.425 (22)46.715 (20)
236Takashi TakagiJPN3:09.56445.294 (20)51.003 (24)45.575 (17)47.692 (21)
AC13Dainis BremzeURS43.559 (3)1:21.445 (25)– (DNS)DNF
AC21Wolfgang SchädlerLIE45.751 (25)48.568 (23)– (DNS)DNF
AC23Hans RinnGDR43.802 (6)1:24.301 (26)– (DNS)DNF
AC16Markus KägiSUI54.224 (28)– (DNS)DNF
AC7Vladimír ReslTCH44.255 (12)– (AC)DNF
AC10Karl BrunnerITA– (AC)DNF
AC28Ueli SchenkelSUI– (AC)DNF