Silke Kraushaar-Pielach

Silke Kraushaar-Pielach (born Silke Kraushaar on 10 October 1970 in Sonneberg, Thuringia) is a German luger who competed from 1995 to 2008. In June 2008, she was named sports manager for the luge section of Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland (BSD - German bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton federation).

Silke Kraushaar-Pielach
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Silke Kraushaar-Pielach (2018)
Medal record
Women's Luge
Representing  Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2006 Turin Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Salt Lake City Women's singles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 St. Moritz Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2001 Calgary Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2004 Nagano Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2007 Igls Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1997 Igls Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1999 Königssee Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2000 St. Moritz Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2001 Calgary Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Igls Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Oberhof Women's singles
World Cup Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998-99 Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2000-01 Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2001-02 Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2005-06 Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2006-07 Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1997-98 Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1999-00 Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2002-03 Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2003-04 Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2004-05 Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2007-08 Women's singles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998 Oberhof Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1998 Oberhof Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2002 Altenberg Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2004 Oberhof Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2004 Oberhof Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2006 Winterberg Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 2006 Winterberg Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2000 Winterberg Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2002 Altenberg Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2008 Cesana Women's singles

Sporting careerEdit

Competing in three Winter Olympics, Kraushaar-Pielach won a complete set of medals in the women's singles event with a gold in 1998 (when she beat her team-mate Barbara Niedernhuber by 2 thousandths of a second), a silver in 2006, and a bronze in 2002.

She also won ten medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with four golds (Women's singles: 2004, Mixed team: 2000, 2001, 2007), four silvers (Women's singles: 2000, 2001; Mixed team: 1997, 1999), and two bronze (Women's singles: 2007, 2008).

Kraushaar-Pielach won ten medals at the FIL European Luge Championships, including seven golds (Women's singles: 1998, 2004, 2006; Mixed team: 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006) and three silvers (Women's singles: 2000, 2002, 2008).

She also won the overall Luge World Cup five times (1998-9, 2000-1, 2001-2, 2005-6, 2006-7). Kraushaar-Pielach started her last season off with a win in the women's singles event at Lake Placid, New York on 16 November 2007. Her last race in Sigulda, Latvia on 16 February 2008 saw her finishing third, the same place where she won her first World Cup event on 30 November 1996.

Sports officialEdit

In June 2008, Kraushaar-Pielach was named manager of the luge section of the BSD, the German bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton federation.

Personal lifeEdit

She married German businessman Michael Pielach on 7 July 2006. It was announced on FIL's website on 24 January 2008 that the sled that she had competed with until 1995 had been auctioned on the German version of eBay from 19 to 26 January. Kraushaar-Pielach stated that the proceeds from the auction would be used to benefit young luge. The sled sold for 1160 and the proceeds went to her sledding club in Oberhof.

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