Tobias Arlt

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Tobias Arlt
Tobias Arlt 2014-08 B.jpg
Personal information
Nickname(s) Tobi
Born June 2, 1987 (1987-06-02) (age 27)
Berchtesgaden, West Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 77 kilograms (170 lb)[1]
Sport
Coached by Patric Leitner
Norbert Loch

Tobias Arlt (born 2 June 1987 in Berchtesgaden) is a German luger who has competed since 1991, acting as a backdriver. He won a silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2008 FIL World Luge Championships, a silver and a bronze at the 2010 FIL European Luge Championships, a gold medal at the FIL World Luge Championships 2013, and two gold medals at his debut Olympics, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Biography[edit]

Tobias Arlt was born on 2 June 1987 in Berchtesgaden,[1] West Germany.[2][3] He began luging at the age of four,[4] beginning to compete in 1991; his national debut was in 2006.[1] Arlt and his luge partner for doubles Tobias Wendl, they have several nicknames; "The Bayern-Express"[4] and "The Two Tobis".[5] Arlt is a backdriver[3] in lugeing.[4]

At the 2008 FIL World Luge Championship in Oberhof, Germany, in the men's doubles, Arlt won a silver medal.[1] At the 2010 FIL European Luge Championships in Sigulda, Latvia, Arlt won a silver in the men's doubles and a bronze in the mixed team disciplines; and at the 2013 FIL World Luge Championships, he won a gold medal.[1] In the last four years, Arlt and Wendl have finished in first place in the overall World Cup standings three times.[3]

Arlt is also a police officer in the German Federal Police.[6][4] His hobbies, besides luging, include tennis, windsurfing, snowboarding,[4] and motorbiking.[3]

Olympics[edit]

At Arlt's debut Olympics,[1] the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Arlt won a gold in the luge double with Tobias Wendl, in a time of 1 minute and 38:933 seconds at the Sanki Sliding track, half a second ahead of the second placed Austrians Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger.[5] This was the biggest ever winning margin in Olympic luge doubles.[7] In Arlt and Wendl's first run, they set a track record of 49.373 seconds.[8] Arlt then won the team relay with Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger, and Tobias Wendl.[9] They won in a time of 2 minutes and 45.649 seconds, which was one second ahead of the second placed Russian Federation.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Arlt has a girlfriend, who, in December, gave birth to a daughter.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Arlt, Tobias". International Luge Federation. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wendl und Arlt holen drittes Olympiagold im Rodeln [German]". Die Welt. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Tobias Arlt". NBC. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Tobias Arlt". Sochi.ru. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Withers, Tom (12 February 2014). "Germany's Wendl and Arlt win doubles luge". Yahoo Sport. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tobias Arlt, Rennrodeln [German]". Bundespolizei. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Khutork, Rosa (12 February 2014). "Olympics-Luge-Wendl and Arlt extend German gold rush". Reuters. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sochi 2014: Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt win luge doubles gold". BBC. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sochi 2014: Germany wins luge team relay to complete golden clean sweep". ABC News. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Luge Team Relay Competition". Sochi.ru. Retrieved 20 February 2014.