The luge doubles competition in Sapporo was originally to be decided over two runs, as was the standard format back then. However the first run was cancelled halfway through after a problem with the start gate. Those who had already raced had their times wiped. The most aggrieved were the Italian pair of Paul Hildgartner and Walter Plaikner, who had set the fastest time but had now seen it erased. However, their contention that everyone had suffered from the same problem, and that the times should therefore stand, was overruled, and in the end the athletes had to forget about what had happened and refocus on the one run that would decide the titles.