CALGARY, FEB. 19 -- If Annapolis luger Miroslav Zajonc was disappointed by his career-finishing run down the Calgary Olympic course today, it didn't show.

Zajonc, who worked 11 years to get here, then wound up 11th in his only Olympic appearance, said "it was worth every minute and every second" of the work.

"It's a great feeling just being a participant," said Zajonc, 27, as he rested on the crutches he's used since a violent training crash splintered his right heel six weeks ago, undercutting any hope he had for an Olympic medal.

"Today, I'm very proud and very thankful to the United States that I was able to represent them in the Olympics."

His graceful, smiling exit came after Zajonc and sledmate Tim Nardiello were outclassed by European entries as East Germany took the gold and silver medals and West Germany the bronze in the doubles competition today.

World champions Joerg Hoffmann and Jochen Pietzsch, bronze medalists in 1984, set a course record of 45.786 seconds on their first run and followed with a 46.154 to finish with 1:31.940,, just ahead of teammates Stefan Krausse and Jan Behrendt (1:32.039). East Germany has claimed six of nine medals awarded so far in luge.

West Germans Thomas Schwab and Wolfgang Staudinger were third in 1:32.274.

Zajonc and Nardiello never were in contention, but at 1:33.320 finished well ahead of U.S. teammates Joe Barile and Steve Maher, who were 16th (1:34.963) after a dreadful second run.

Zajonc said his injury, which occurred during his last practice run at Lake Placid, N.Y., before the team headed to Europe for a final month of training, did not bother him during racing.

The streamlined, lightweight, fiberglass cast he wore was not a factor on the course, he said. But the five weeks of training he and Nardiello lost while he recuperated was a problem.

"With just four {practice} runs in five weeks, you can't do much," he said.

Yet there was no sorrow in Zajonc's eyes as he scanned the colorful, flag-bedecked scene at the finish line on a warm, breezy afternoon. "I always thought I'd go to one of these some day," he said cheerfully. "We didn't win, but considering what happened . . ."

This will be his last luge run for the United States, he said. "Maybe in the future, just for fun," he will race again. But not in the Olympics.

Today's race was the culmination of a remarkable string of events for the 6-foot-2 Czechoslovakian defector.

A luger since his early teens, he tried out for the Czech team in 1980, but was considered too young. In 1981, he defected to the United States, but was not welcomed on the U.S. team, which would not accept athletes who weren't eligible for the next Olympics.

Zajonc slid for Canada and won the world championship in 1983, but still had no citizenship for the 1984 Games. After 1984, he joined the U.S. team. He had planned to race in both singles and doubles before the accident, which shattered the main bone in his foot when he slammed into a wooden barricade.

No one expected him to compete with so severe an injury, but Zajonc mended remarkably fast, and on Feb. 3 was given the all-clear to race, even though he still can't walk.

His only regret? Not marching with the U.S. contingent in the opening ceremonies. "But standing for two hours would not have been good," he said.

Zajonc, who lives with his wife just north of Annapolis, is applying for a job as a U.S. luge coach. He'll be home, he said, in March.