Tobias Wendl

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Tobias Wendl
Tobias Wendl 2014-08 B.jpg
Personal information
Nickname(s) Tobi
Born June 16, 1987 (1987-06-16) (age 27)
Aachen, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 89 kilograms (196 lb)[1]
Sport
Coached by Patric Leitner
Norbert Loch

Tobias Wendl (born 16 June 1987) is a German luger who has competed since 1993, acting as a front. He won a silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2008 FIL World Luge Championships in Oberhof, Germany, a silver and a bronze at the FIL European Luge Championships 2010 in Sigulda, a gold at the FIL World Luge Championships 2013, and two gold medals at his debut Winter Olympics at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He is also a Master Sergeant in the German Army.

Biography[edit]

Wendl was born on 16 June 1987 in Aachen, Germany.[1] He began competing in the luge in 1993; and became a part of the national team in 2005, luging as a front.[1] At the 2008 FIL World Luge Championships in Oberhof, Germany, he won a silver medal; and at the FIL European Luge Championships 2010 in Sigulda, Wendl won a silver medal in men's doubles and a bronze medal in the mixed team events.[1] He won a gold medal at the FIL World Luge Championships 2013, in Whistler, Canada.[1] Wendl competes in the double with Tobias Arlt, and is the front.[1] Their nickname when competing together is "The Bayern-Express"[2] and "The Two Tobis".[3]

He is also a Master Sergeant in the German Army.[2]

Olympics[edit]

Wendl won two gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi; in the luge double with Tobias Arlt, he won a gold in a time of 1 minute and 38:933 seconds at the Sanki Sliding track: this was half a second ahead of the second placed Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger of Austria;[3] this winning margin was the biggest ever in Olympic luge doubles.[4] In the pair's first run, they set a track record of 49.373 seconds.[5]

Wendl then won the team relay with Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger, and Tobias Arlt;[6] finishing more than one full second ahead of the second placed Russian Federation, in a time of 2 minutes and 45.649 seconds.[7]

References[edit]

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