Erika Lechner

Erika Lechner (sometimes listed as Erica Lechner, born 28 May 1947 in Bolzano) is an Italian luger who competed during the late 1960s and early 1970s. At the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, she originally finished third in the women's singles event behind Ortrun Enderlein and Anna-Maria Müller (both from East Germany), but was awarded the gold medal upon the disqualifications of Enderlein, Müller, and Angela Knösel (who finished fourth) when the East Germans were discovered to have their runners being illegally heated.

Erika Lechner
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Erika Lechner
Personal information
Born28 May 1947 (1947-05-28) (age 75)
Bolzano, Italy
Medal record
Representing  Italy
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1968 Grenoble Women's singles
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1971 Olang Women's singles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1971 Imst Women's singles


Lechner also won the silver medal in the women's singles event at the 1971 FIL World Luge Championships in Olang, Italy. She also won the gold medal in the women's singles event at the 1971 FIL European Luge Championships in Imst, Austria.


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