The largest tobagganing championship to be held on the Olympic track at Igls, Austria, drew top competitors from 19 nations on Sunday (2 February).
GV Competitor down run
CU Snow falling, and men clearing walls of run (3 shots)
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CU & LV Spectator watches as European champion Detlef passes on run (2 shots)
GV PAN World champion Muller crashing
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CU Woman preparing for run
TV PAN Margit Schumann on run
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Background: The largest tobagganing championship to be held on the Olympic track at Igls, Austria, drew top competitors from 19 nations on Sunday (2 February). The weather proved unpredictable -- with early rain turning to snow -- and so did the form of some of the top stars involved.
Because of the weather, the men and women competitors were allowed only one run each other the combined bobsled-tobogganing course.
The biggest upset came when world champion Horst Muller of East Germany crashed at speed during his run. After that, all eyes were on Gunther Detlef, East Germany's European Champion. But he could only manage fourth place.
The winner turned out to be Hans Rinn, also from East Germany, with a time of 55.39 seconds for the course.
In the women's event, Margit Schumann of East Germany set a new record for the course with a time 44.93 seconds. East Germany also took second and third places.