An Exceptional Sportsman

My family has been connected to the sport of luge for what seems like forever. Already in my youth, I was roaring down the slopes near my parent’s farm; as I got older, I was sledding down the path to school. At age 7, I dared tackle a natural luge track; at age 14, I was on the artificial tracks and promptly became Junior World Champion. For 30 years, it brought me enormous joy to participate in luge competitions all over the world and to master the tracks anew year after year. I always wanted to bring out the best in me. Having set my mind to it, I succeeded in winning a series of titles and medals. To date, I am the only athlete worldwide who — including the Summer Games — has won a medal in an individual discipline in six consecutive Olympic Games.

OLYMPIC GAMES

  • Bronze in Sochi (Russia) 2014
  • Bronze in Vancouver (Canada) 2010
  • Gold in Turin (Italy) 2006
  • Gold in Salt Lake City (USA) 2002
  • Silver in Nagano (Japan) 1998
  • Bronze in Lillehammer (Norway) 1994

WORLD CUP

  • 10 times Overall World Cup Winner and joint record-holder in that respect with Markus Prock:
  • 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2004 - 2001 - 2000 - 1998
  • 57 Welt Cup wins
  • 102 Podium finishes

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Bronze in Altenberg (Germany) 2012
  • Gold in Cesana-Pariol (Italy) 2011
  • Silver in Lake Placid (USA) 2009
  • Silver in Igls (Austria) 2007
  • Gold in Salt Lake City (USA) 2005
  • Gold in Sigulda (Latvia) 2003
  • Gold in Calgary (Canada) 2001
  • Silber in St. Moritz (Switzerland) 2000
  • Gold in Königssee (Germany) 1999
  • Gold in Lillehammer (Norway) 1995
  • Junior World Champion 1994
  • Junior World Champion 1993

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Gold in Sigulda (Latvia) 2014
  • Silver in Paramonovo (Russia) 2012
  • Gold in Cesana-Pariol (Italy) 2008
  • Silver in Winterberg (Germany) 2006
  • Gold in Oberhof (Germany) 2004
  • Bronze in Winterberg (Germany) 2000

HONORS

  • 2014 - Honorary citizen of my native community of Lana
  • 2011 - Appointment to the Maresciallo dei Carabinieri on the basis of my athletic success
  • 2011 - Honorary citizen of Cesana (location of the World Championships as Turin 2006 and Lana 2014)
  • 2002 - Order of Merit from the Republic of Italy (Commendatore)
  • 8 times South Tyrolean Athlete of the Year