Oberhof bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track

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The Oberhof bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track is a venue used for bobsled, luge and skeleton located in Oberhof, Germany.

History[edit]

East German stamp showing the Oberhof track used for the FIL World Luge Championships 1973.

Oberhof had been the home of sledding activities since 1905, mostly bobsleigh. [1] In 1931, the facility hosted the first ever FIBT World Championships in the two-man bobsleigh event won by the two-man German team of Hanns Killian and Sebastian Huber.[2] After World War II, Oberhof was partitioned into East Germany. Following the successes of the East Germans at the FIL World Luge Championships during the 1960s with Thomas Köhler (men's singles world champion in 1962 and 1967, men's doubles world champion in 1965 and 1967), Ilse Geisler (women's singles world champion in 1962 and 1963), Ortrun Enderlein (women's singles world champion in 1965 and 1967), Petra Tierlich (women's singles world champion in 1969, Wolfgang Scheidel (men's doubles world champion in 1965), and Klaus Bonsack (men's doubles world champion in 1967), the East German government decided it was time to construct a permanent, artificially refrigerated reinforced concrete track for year-round training and usage. [3][4][5] In 1966, East Germany was awarded the FIL World Luge Championships in Friedrichroda (misspelled as Friedrichsroda), but the event was cancelled.[6] The success of the first permanent bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track in Königssee, West Germany, completed in 1968 and first used for the world luge championships the following year, also played a factor.[7][8] In 1969, it was decided to construct a permanent facility in Oberhof.[9] The track was completed in 1971 with a World Cup test taking place the following year. [9] Since then the track has hosted World Cup events, mostly in luge though it has hosted events in bobsleigh (1974 in two-man) and skeleton (1993). [9] Oberhof has also undergone three track renovations, the first in 1996 where it was closed from April to October for a total reconstruction, a second in 2002 when a new ammonia refrigeration system was installed and turn 14 was modified for safety reason, and a third in 2006 when new start houses were built for both men and women, and turn 7's profile was modified for safety reasons.[9] The most recent cost to renovate the track was 4 million.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Overall track length is 1354.5 meters.[11] The venue includes a vertical drop of 96.37 meters from start to finish.

Physical statistics
Sport Length (meters) Turns
Men's singles luge, men's skeleton, two-man bobsleigh[12] 1069.70 14
Women's luge and skeleton - women's singles and men's doubles[12] 945.60 11
Junior's luge and skeleton 665.40 7

The only named curves are the "S-Kombination" (German for "S Combination") which are turns eight through eleven and the "Zielkurve" (German for "Finish Curve") is turn fourteen, a Kreisel (or circular) curve.[11][12]

Track records
Sport Record Nation - athlete(s) Date Time (seconds)
Bobsleigh two-man[12] Track  East Germany - Wolfgang Hoppe & Bogdan Musiol 1988 44.62
Luge - men's singles[13] Start David Möller -  Germany 27 January 2008 8.199
Luge - men's singles[13] Track Felix Loch -  Germany 27 January 2008 44.996
Luge - women's singles[14] Start Natalie Geisenberger -  Germany 25 January 2008 7.995
Luge - women's singles[14] Track Tatjana Hüfner -  Germany 16 January 2010 42.920
Luge - men's doubles[15] Start  Germany - Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt 16 January 2010 7.755
Luge - men's doubles[15] Track  Germany - André Florschütz & Torsten Wustlich 16 January 2010 42.717

Championships hosted[edit]

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Coordinates: 50°42′47″N 10°42′32″E / 50.713°N 10.709°E / 50.713; 10.709