Paul Hildgartner

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Paul Hildgartner
Medal record
Men's Luge
Competitor for  Italy
Olympic Games
Gold 1972 Sapporo Men's doubles
Gold 1984 Sarajevo Men's singles
Silver 1980 Lake Placid Men's singles
World Championships
Gold 1971 Olang Men's doubles
Gold 1978 Imst Men's singles
Bronze 1973 Oberhof Men's doubles
Bronze 1979 Königssee Men's singles
Bronze 1983 Lake Placid Men's singles
European Championships
Gold 1971 Imst Men's doubles
Gold 1974 Imst Men's doubles
Gold 1978 Hammarstrand Men's singles
Gold 1984 Olang Men's singles
Silver 1979 Oberhof Men's singles
Bronze 1988 Königssee Mixed team

Paul Hildgartner (born 8 June 1952 in Chienes) is an Italian of German descent former luger who competed from the early 1970s to the late 1980s. Competing in five Winter Olympics, he earned two gold medals (Men's doubles: 1972, Men's singles: 1984) and one silver medal (Men's singles: 1980) for his efforts. At the 1984 Winter Olympics, Hildgartner carried the Italian flag during the opening ceremonies.

Biography[edit]

Hildgartner also won five medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with two golds (Men's singles: 1978, Men's doubles: 1971) and three bronzes (Men's singles: 1979, 1983; Men's doubles: 1973). Additionally, he won six medals at the FIL European Luge Championships with four golds (Men's singles: 1978, 1984; Men's doubles: 1971, 1974), one silver (Men's singles: 1979), and one bronze (Mixed team: 1988). He also won the Luge World Cup overall title in men's singles in 1978-9, 1980-81 (tied with fellow Italian Ernst Haspinger), and 1982-3.

Hildgartner is the only person as of 2008 to win a gold medal in men's singles luge and men's doubles luge at the Winter Olympics, FIL World Luge Championships, and FIL European Luge Championships. He was among the first inductees into the International Luge Federation (FIL) Hall of Fame in 2004, along with Klaus Bonsack and Margit Schumann.

Following the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, the 17th turn at Cesana Pariol where the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events took place was renamed in his honor.

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Winter Olympics
Preceded by
Gustav Thöni
Italy Flag bearer for Italy
1984 Sarajevo
Succeeded by
Maurilio De Zolt