Felix Loch

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Felix Loch
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Felix Loch (center), at the flowers ceremony after the men's singles event at the 2008 FIL World Luge Championships in Oberhof, Germany.
Personal information
Born (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 25)[1]
Sonneberg,[1] Thuringia,  East Germany
Residence Schönau am Königssee,[1] Bavaria
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 98 kg (216 lb)(winter)
92 kg (203 lb)(summer)
Website www.felixloch.de
Sport
Country  Germany
Sport Luge
Event(s) Men´s singles
Club RC Berchtesgaden
Turned pro 2006[1]
Coached by Germany Norbert Loch
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal icon.svg
Personal best(s) 153.98 km/h (95.68 mph)

Felix Loch (German pronunciation: [ˈfeːlɪks ˈlɔx]; born 24 July 1989) is a German luger and Olympic champion. He has been competing since 1995 and has been on the German national team since 2006. He won nine medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with eight golds (Men's singles: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013; Mixed team event: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) and one silver (Men's singles: 2011). Loch's men's singles win in 2008 made him the youngest world champion ever at 18 years old. He is the youngest Olympic Gold Medalist in men's Luge history.[2]

At the 2008 FIL European Luge Championships in Cesana, Italy, he finished sixth in the men's singles event.

Previously he had won the 2006 Junior World Championship held in Altenberg, Germany. Loch is member of the Club RC Berchtesgaden and currently lives at Schönau am Königssee though he was born in Sonneberg.

During International Training Week at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler, British Columbia on November 7–15, 2008, Loch injured his shoulder during training. Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland (BSD) Sport Director Thomas Schwab stated that Loch would compete at the opening Luge World Cup event at Igls, Austria on November 29–30, 2008 to which Loch did.

On 21 February 2009, during the 2008-09 Luge World Cup season finale at Whistler Sliding Centre, Felix Loch recorded the fastest registered speed in luge, 153.98 km/h (95.68 mph).[3]

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Loch again won the gold medal in Men's Singles, marking his second consecutive Olympic victory.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FIL-Luge profile, accessed December 3, 2010
  2. ^ "German Felix Loch easily wins men's luge gold". Houston Chronicle. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  3. ^ David Möller realizes his first victory of the season. at the Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course (22 February 2009 article accessed 22 February 2009.)
  4. ^ "Felix Loch of Germany captures gold in luge again". USA Today. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.