Barbara Niedernhuber

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Barbara Niedernhuber
Medal record
Women's Luge
Competitor for  Germany
Olympic Games
Silver 1998 Nagano Women's singles
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City Women's singles
World Championships
Gold 2004 Nagano Mixed team
Silver 1999 Königssee Women's singles
Silver 2000 St. Moritz Women's singles
Silver 2004 Nagano Women's singles
Silver 2005 Park City Women's singles
Bronze 2001 Calgary Women's singles
Bronze 2003 Sigulda Women's singles
World Cup Championships
Gold 2004-05 Women's singles
Bronze 1998-99 Women's singles
Bronze 1999-00 Women's singles
Bronze 2001-02 Women's singles
Bronze 2002-03 Women's singles
Bronze 2003-04 Women's singles
European Championships
Bronze 2000 Winterberg Women's singles
Bronze 2002 Altenberg Women's singles
Bronze 2006 Winterberg Women's singles

Barbara Niedernhuber (nicknamed Babsi, born on 6 June 1974 in Berchtesgaden) is a German luger who competed from 1994 to 2006. She won two silver medals in the women's singles event at the Winter Olympics (1998 (she was beaten by 2 thousandths of a second by her team-mate, Silke Kraushaar), 2002). A favorite to make the 2006 Winter Olympics, she was upset at the national championships by Tatjana Hüfner in late 2005.

Niedernhuber also won seven medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with one gold (Mixed team: 2004), four silvers (Women's singles: 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005), and two bronzes (Women's singles: 2001, 2003). She also won three bronze medals in the women's singles event at the FIL European Luge Championships (2000, 2002, 2006).

Niedernhuber won the overall Luge World Cup title in women's singles in 2004-5.

Niedernhuber retired abruptly prior to the start of the 2006-07 World Cup season to a bacterial infection in her ankle joint that developed after surgery during the summer of 2006.

Cultural references[edit]

  • In The Simpsons episode "The Bart of War", Milhouse mentions he feels "like luge silver medalist Barbara Niedernhuber" while riding Flanders' video cart.