Armin Zöggeler

Armin Zöggeler OMRI (born 4 January 1974) is a retired Italian luger and double Olympic champion. He is one of the most successful men in the sport, nicknamed Il Cannibale ("The Cannibal"), for his notable series of victories, or The Iceblood Champion, for his always cold, rational approach to the races. Fellow luger Tucker West described Zöggeler as the sport's equivalent of Michael Jordan.[2]

Armin Zöggeler
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Zöggeler during 2005 World Cup competition in Oberhof, Germany
Personal information
Born (1974-01-04) 4 January 1974 (age 49)[1]
Merano,[1] South Tyrol,  Italy
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight85 kg (187 lb)[1]
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Sport
Country Italy
SportLuge
Event(s)Men´s singles
ClubCentro Sportivo Carabinieri
Turned pro1991[1]
Medal record
Men's luge
Representing  Italy
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 2 1 3
World Championships 6 5 5
European Championships 4 6 8
Total 12 12 16
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Salt Lake City Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1998 Nagano Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Lillehammer Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Vancouver Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi Men's singles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Lillehammer Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1999 Königssee Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2001 Calgary Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2003 Sigulda Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2005 Park City Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2011 Cesana Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1995 Lillehammer Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2000 St. Moritz Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2007 Igls Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2007 Igls Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2009 Lake Placid Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Altenberg Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Igls Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Nagano Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Park City Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Altenberg Men's singles
World Cup Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997–98 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1999–2000 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2000–01 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2003–04 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2005–06 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2006–07 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2007–08 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2008–09 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2009–10 Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2010–11 Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1994–95 Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1995–96 Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2001–02 Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2002–03 Men's singles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Königssee Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2004 Oberhof Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2008 Cesana Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sigulda Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1998 Oberhof Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2004 Oberhof Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2006 Winterberg Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Winterberg Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2012 Paramonovo Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2013 Oberhof Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Königssee Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Sigulda Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Winterberg Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Winterberg Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Altenberg Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Cesana Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Paramonovo Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sigulda Mixed team

At the Winter Olympic Games, Zöggeler has won six medals in six consecutive Olympics – and this is a record in sport. He also has sixteen medals at the FIL World Luge Championships. At the FIL European Luge Championships, Zöggeler has earned eighteen medals.

In June 2019 he was inducted in the FIL Hall of Fame.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Zöggeler was born in Meran, South Tyrol, into a farming family.[2] A Carabiniere by profession, he began to luge at a very young age, over natural tracks. He won the junior World Cup when he was 14, and made his debut with the Italian national team at the age of 19. He also took three medals at the Junior World Championships: a silver in 1992 followed by two golds in 1993 and 1994.[4] Despite a lack of tracks in Italy until the construction of the Cesana Pariol track for the 2006 Winter Olympics, he evolved into one of the most effective lugers ever.

Zöggeler lives in the town of Lana, in South Tyrol. He got married on 12 May 2007, and had two children, Nina and Thomas. During times when he is not training, Zöggeler enjoys swimming, field hockey, and collecting and watching television dramas.[citation needed] He is the uncle of fellow luger Sandra Robatscher.[5]

AchievementsEdit

At the Winter Olympics, Zöggeler has won six medals in the same individual competition in six consecutive Olympics, the first to do so;[6] including two golds (2002, 2006), one silver (1998), and three bronze (1994, 2010, 2014).

He has sixteen medals at the FIL World Luge Championships, including six golds (Men's singles: 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011), five silvers (Men's singles: 2000, 2007, 2009; Mixed team: 1995, 2007), and five bronzes (Mixed team: 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2012).

At the FIL European Luge Championships, Zöggeler has earned eighteen medals. This includes four golds (Men's singles: 2004, 2008 and 2014; Mixed team: 1994), six silvers (Men's singles: 2006, 2012; Mixed team: 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2013), and eight bronzes (Men's singles: 1994, 2000, 2002; Mixed team: 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2014).

He won the overall Luge World Cup in men's singles ten times (1997–98, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2010–11). This is another record together with Markus Prock.

Zöggeler's 57 individual wins in the World Cup (as of January 2014), he is first of all time, beating the previous record of 33 wins by both German Georg Hackl and Austrian Markus Prock. He also took 26 seconds and 20 thirds in World Cup races.[7]

He also won 20 Italian national championship titles between 1993 and 2013.[4]

Zöggeler was made a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2010.[4]

In March 2018 a 37-minute documentary film Armin Zöggeler: La leggenda dello slittino (Armin Zöggeler: the Legend of Luge) was exhibited and made available for loan free of charge in Bolzano, with Zöggeler meeting members of the audience after the screening.[8]

Sports careerEdit

Zöggeler carried the Italian flag at the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics.[9]

For the 2010 Winter Olympics, Zöggeler was given the opportunity to carry the flag for Italy at the opening ceremony, but he declined because the first two runs of the Olympic luge competition were scheduled at the Whistler Sliding Centre for the following evening. The honour instead went to cross-country skier Giorgio Di Centa.

He carried the flag for the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.[9]

On 9 February 2014, Zöggeler became the first person in history to win six medals in the same individual competition in six consecutive Olympics, by winning a bronze.[6] Other athletes who won medals in six consecutive Olympics did not do so in the same individual competition: Aladár Gerevich, a fencer from Hungary, won six gold medals between 1932 and 1960 with the Hungarian team; Elisabeta Lipă, a rower from Romania, won her medals between 1984 and 2004 in different disciplines (single scull, double scull, quadruple scull and eight).

In October 2014, Zöggeler announced his retirement from competition, taking up a post as head of materials research and development for the Italian luge team, working with the Italian National Olympic Committee, the Italian Winter Sports Federation and Ferrari.[7] He joined the Italian National Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission in 2016.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "FIL-Luge profile". Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved 2007-10-27., accessed 4 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b Macur, Juliet (8 February 2014). "The Winning Formula of Luge's 'Old Man'". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ FIL, ed. (14 June 2019). "Armin Zöggeler new Member of Hall of Fame". fil-luge.org. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Armin Zöggeler". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Robatscher wins snow-shortened luge World Cup event". The News Tribune. 3 February 2019. Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b Joe Menzer (9 February 2014). "Ageless Wonder Armin Zoeggeler Captures 6th Straight Olympic Luge Medal". Associated Press. Bleacher Report.
  7. ^ a b Losi, Mattia (15 October 2014). "Armin Zöggeler, l'annuncio del ritiro è la discesa più difficile" [Armin Zöggeler, the announcement of retirement is the most difficult descent]. ilsole24ore.com (in Italian). Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Armin Zöggeler, al Centro Trevi il film sulla sua vita" [Armin Zöggeler, at the Trevi Center, the film about his life]. altoadige.it (in Italian). 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b Associated Press (8 October 2013). "Luge great Armin Zoggeler carry Italy's flag into Sochi". CBC News. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Armin Zoeggeler: Athlete365". olympic.org. Retrieved 6 February 2019.

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