Luge at the 1976 Winter Olympics

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Luge
at the XII Olympic Winter Games
Luge pictogram.svg
Venue Olympic Sliding Centre Innsbruck
Dates4–7 February
Competitors94 from 16 nations
  1972
1980  

Luge at the 1976 Winter Olympics consisted of three events at Olympic Sliding Centre Innsbruck. The competition took place between 4 and 7 February 1976. [1] [2]

Contents

Medal summary

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 3115
2Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 0213
3Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0011
Totals (3 nations)3339


Germany dominated the medal table with eight medals (with an exception of an Austrian bronze medal), including an East German sweep of the gold medals. [1]

Events

Event [1] GoldSilverBronze
Men's singles
details
Dettlef Günther
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
3:27.688 Josef Fendt
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
3:28.196 Hans Rinn
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
3:28.574
Women's singles
details
Margit Schumann
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
2:50.621 Ute Rührold
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
2:50.846 Elisabeth Demleitner
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
2:51.056
Doubles
details
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)
Hans Rinn
Norbert Hahn
1:25.604Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)
Hans Brandner
Balthasar Schwarm
1:25.889Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)
Rudolf Schmid
Franz Schachner
1:25.919

Participating NOCs

Sixteen nations participated in Luge at the Innsbruck Games. Chinese Taipei made their Olympic luge debut. [1]

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The men's singles luge competition at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck was held from 4 to 7 February, at Olympic Sliding Centre Innsbruck.

The Women's singles luge competition at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck was held from 4 to 7 February, at Olympic Sliding Centre Innsbruck.

The Doubles luge competition at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck was held on 10 February, at Olympic Sliding Centre Innsbruck.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Final Report - XII. Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIIth Winter Olympic Games 1976. LA84 Foundation. 1976. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  2. "Luge at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.