Felix LOCH

Германия GER

Санный спорт

  • Медали
    3 З
  • Выступления
    3
  • Дебют
    Ванкувер-2010
  • Год рождения
    1989
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Felix LOCH

With three Olympic gold medals, six overall World Cup titles and 12 World Championship golds to his name, Felix Loch has put together one of the finest records in the history of luge. PyeongChang 2018, however, proved to be a disappointment for the German great – memories of which he will be hoping to erase at Beijing 2022.

Olympic champion at 20

Loch was destined to become a luger, with his father Norbert representing Germany at the Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo 1984. The young Loch developed a taste for winning at junior level, quickly graduating from domestic to international competitions and lifting the individual and team junior world titles in 2006.
Loch was only 18 when he became luge’s youngest ever world champion in Oberhof (GER) in 2008. A year later he set a new world luge speed record of 153.9kmh at Whistler Sliding Centre – the same venue where at Vancouver 2010 he posted the fastest time in each of the four legs of the Olympic competition. As a result he became, aged 20, the youngest ever gold medallist in a sport that first appeared on the Winter Games programme at Innsbruck 1964.

One for the future

The man Loch succeeded as Olympic champion, Italy’s Armin Zöggeler, who won gold at Salt Lake City 2002 and Turin 2006, reacted to the German’s victory in Vancouver by predicting a very bright future for him: “He’s a pure talent. He’s got almost the perfect physique for luge and with his huge appetite for hard work, he’s going to become a star very quickly indeed.”
Zöggeler’s prediction was spot on, as Loch followed up his Olympic triumph in extraordinary style, completing World Cup/World Championship doubles in 2012 and 2013 and racking up a staggering 14 wins on the international circuit in the same period.

The appliance of science

One of Loch’s strengths lies in his scientific approach to his sport: “You really have to be able to understand physics in order to correctly identify and evaluate the key factors in each race, such as the impact of gravitational force – the load acting on your body in relation to speed and changes in direction.” He is regularly able to perfect his sport in a wind tunnel owned by a major German car manufacturer.

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