Frank Luck

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Frank Luck
Frank Luck Ruhpolding 2005.jpg
Luck in 2005
Personal information
Full name Frank Luck
Born (1967-12-05) 5 December 1967 (age 47)
Schmalkalden, DDR
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Club WSV Oberhof O5
Skis Fischer
Retired 13 February 2004
Olympic Games
Teams 4 (1988, 1994,
1998, 2002)
Medals 5 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams 14 (1989, 1990,
1991, 1993, 1995,
1996, 1997, 1998,
1999, 2000, 2001,
2002, 2003, 2004)
Medals 20 (11 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 18 (1986/87–2003/04)
Individual wins 11
Individual podiums 36
Discipline titles 2:
2 Individual (1999–00,
2001–02);

Frank Luck (b 5 December 1967 in Schmalkalden) is a former German biathlete. Frank Luck started early with cross country skiing, but in 1980 he went over to biathlon. By 1988 at the age of 21 he had already qualified for the Winter Olympics in Calgary, where he finished sixth in the sprint event. His big breakthrough came with the 10 km sprint world title in 1989. Having originally competed for the East German team, by 1991, Germany had unified and Luck was now competing for the combined Germany team. Because of illness he missed the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, but at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer he won the gold medal with the German relay team which he repeated four years later at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. During his seventeen-year career, Luck won eleven world championship gold medal with the last one in the relay in 2004 at Oberhof where retired as a biathlete after this event. With five silver and three bronze medals he is one of the most successful world championship competitors of all time.

Luck also won three times at the Holmenkollen ski festival biathlon competition with two wins in the pursuit (1999, 2000) and one win in the sprint (2002). He is the Brother-in-law to his one-time team mate Sven Fischer.

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