Wilfried Huber

Wilfried Huber (born 15 November 1970, Bruneck, South Tyrol) is an Italian luger and coach who competed from 1985 to 2010. Together with Kurt Brugger, he won the men's doubles event at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. He competed in both doubles and singles, but enjoyed his greatest success in doubles in partnership with Brugger. He made his debut in the Luge World Cup in 1986-87 season. He also took two medals at the World Junior Championships in Olang in 1988, a silver and a bronze. He competed in six Winter Olympics, in 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006: he was aiming to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics, however he was not selected by the Italian team's head coach Walter Plaikner, and retired at the end of the season.[1]

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Wilfried Huber
Medal record
Men's Luge
Representing  Italy
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1994 Lillehammer Men's doubles
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1990 Calgary Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1995 Lillehammer Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Calgary Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Calgary Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Lillehammer Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Altenberg Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Igls Mixed team
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Königssee Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1992 Winterberg Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1994 Königssee Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1998 Oberhof Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Sigulda Mixed team

Huber also won seven medals at the FIL World Luge Championships, including two silvers (Men's doubles: 1990, Mixed team: 1995) and five bronzes (Men's singles: 1993, Men's doubles: 1993, 1995; Mixed team: 1996, 1997). At the European Luge Championships, he won five medals with one gold (Mixed team: 1994), three silvers (Men's doubles: 1992, 1994; Mixed team: 1998) and one bronze (Mixed team: 1996).

In the Luge World Cup, Huber's finished second overall four times in the men's doubles championship (1989–90, 1992-3, 1994-5, 1997-8) and third overall once in the men's singles championship (1996-7).

After retiring from competition, he joined the coaching staff of the Italian national luge team.[1]

He also had siblings who were involved in bobsleigh and luge. Günther won gold in the two-man bobsleigh event (shared with Canada) at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Norbert won two Winter Olympic medals in men's doubles luge in the 1990s: in 1994 he took the silver behind his brother.[1] Arnold won the men's singles world championships at Winterberg in 1991.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Wilfried Huber". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2019.