Luge in History

Events in Sport

  • 1968-02-18 After winning men's luge singles Olympic gold medal in Innsbruck (1964), Thomas Köhler of Germany teams with Klaus Bonsack to take out the doubles in Grenoble
  • 1984-02-12 12 years after winning the doubles in Sapporo (1972), Italian Paul Hildgarten wins the men's luge singles at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics
  • 1984-02-12 East German luger Steffi Martin wins the first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins in Calgary (1988)
  • 2014-02-13 Women's luge singles champion Natalie Geisenberger and men's doubles winners Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt earn their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Sochi in team relay event; Germany sweeps 4 events
  • 2018-02-15 German women's luge singles champion Natalie Geisenberger and men's doubles winners Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt earn their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Pyeongchang in the team relay event

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1911-10-01 Riccardo Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player, luger (Olympic bronze 1928, 48; took the Olympic oath 1948), born in St. Moritz, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • 1939-02-23 Josef Feistmantl, Austrian lugeist (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1943-03-01 Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1943-12-01 Orton Enderlein, German [GDR] luger (Olympic gold women's singles 1964; World C'ships gold 1965, 67)), born in Trünzig, Sachsen, Germany
  • 1946-04-01 Manfred Stengl, Austrian luger (Olympic gold men's doubles 1964), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1992)
  • 1949-02-23 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1952-09-14 Margit Schumann, German luger (Olympic gold 1976), born in Waltershausen, Bezirk Erfurt, East Germany
  • 1954-01-06 Norbert Hahn, 2 man luge (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Elbingerode, Germany
  • 1966-09-09 Georg Hackl, German luger, born in West Germany
  • 1967-04-11 Wendel Suckow, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Marquette, Michigan
  • 1967-12-20 Duncan Kennedy, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, California
  • 1968-01-29 Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder & luger, born in Blankenburg, Germany
  • 1969-01-03 Gerda Weissensteiner OMRI, Italian luger and bobsleigh pilot (Olympic gold women's singles 1994), born in Bolzano, Italy
  • 1969-07-07 Sylke Otto, German luger, born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • 1970-10-10 Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, German luger (Olympic gold 1998), born in Sonneberg, Thuringia, Germany
  • 1970-10-29 Chris Thorpe, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1971-01-23 Mark Grimmette, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1971-12-31 Erin Warren, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Winchester Massachusetts
  • 1972-03-28 Jonathan Edwards, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1973-02-23 Robert Pipkins, American luge racer (Olympics 1994), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1975-07-07 Tony Benshoof, American luger, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1983-04-30 Tatjana Hüfner, German luger

Deaths in Sport

  • 1988-09-03 Riccardo Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player, luger (Olympic bronze 1928, 48; took the Olympic oath 1948), dies at 76
  • 1992-06-06 Manfred Stengl, Austrian luger (Olympic gold men's doubles 1964), dies in a motorcycle accident at 46
  • 2010-02-12 Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (b. 1988)