Luging is a form of sled racing, where the sledder is on their back, feet first, in a small sled. The sledder then races through a tunnel-like course to a finish line. The thrill of the sport comes from racing at high speeds (almost 80 mph) and from competing as a solo or doubles racer.
The objective of Luge is to sled through a tunnel like course to the finish line. The sledder with the lowest time wins.
Zöggeler first began luge sledding at 15 years old. In 1994, he competed in his first Winter Olympic Games, where he won bronze at the age of 20. In the 1998 Winter Games in Japan, Zöggeler won silver. The following year, he won five out of seven races to win his second World Cup championship. In the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics, Zöggeler picked up three consecutive gold medals. During that time, he won 7 more World championships. The 2014 Olympics were his last and he ended up winning a bronze medal. He retired that same year. Zöggeler holds the record for the most Olympic medals won in luge sledding.
January 4, 1974