Wolfgang LINGER

Austria AUT

Luge

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Salt Lake City 2002
  • Year of Birth
    1982
Olympic Results

Biography

Wolfgang LINGER

Wolfgang and Andréas Linger started practising luge on the Igls Olympic track, used for the Innsbruck Games in 1964 and 1976. These two brothers, who are not twins, started out in the one-man events. It was only five years later that they teamed up. At the 2002 Games, the Linger brothers became part of the world luge elite, but did not do enough to win any titles. After two good races, they finished sixth at the Salt Lake City Games.

The Cesana track - cursed, then blessed

The following year was a revelation – firstly coming fourth in the World Cup, they went on to dominate all their opponents to win the 2003 World Championship title on the Sigulda track in Latvia. But everything looked as if it was coming to an end in 2005 at Cesana in Italy, on the future Olympic track, where they came off in the last bend but one.

Wolfgang had a higher price to pay, fracturing his ankle and fibula. But his passion for luge was too great. He rejoined the circuit the following year with his brother. The two brothers had another rendezvous with Cesana for the Turin Olympic Games in 2006. This time, they did not come off the track; they won the first race and finished second in the next one. It was a victory for the Austrian brothers – they were Olympic champions!

Rising to the major challenges

Between 2006 and 2010, the Linger brothers were still near the top, but did not win any major victories. Arriving in Vancouver, they knew that it was not going to be easy and that their opponents were very strong. The Latvians, Germans, Italians and Americans were bound to be formidable competitors.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
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Sochi 2014

S
Doubles
Doubles Luge
#6
Team Relay
Team Relay Luge
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Vancouver 2010

G
Doubles
Doubles Luge
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Turin 2006

G
Doubles
Doubles Luge
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Salt Lake City 2002

#8
Doubles
Doubles Luge