Winterberg bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track

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Track map.
Picture of the Winterberg track Turn 7 at night in December 2006.

The Winterberg bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track is a bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track located in Winterberg, Germany. It is the only track of its kind in the world with a turn that has corporate sponsorship with turn seven being sponsored by Veltins, a German brewery who has its headquarters located in neighboring Meschede.

History[edit]

Completed in 1977, the track underwent a redesign of its start house area where the women's luge start house was moved from before turn four to near the men's luge start house prior to turn one in 2006.[1] This was done under the auspices of the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) and the International Luge Federation (FIL) and included a completely covered sled storage area,[1] new changing rooms, and facilities for coaches and officials.[2] The women's singles luge start house was integrated near the men's singles luge start house during the construction.[2] The track hosted the first two-woman bobsleigh world championships in 2000.[3]

Statistics[edit]

Physical statistics
Sport[4] Length Turns Vertical drop
Bobsleigh and skeleton 1,330 metres (4,360 ft) 14 110 metres (360 ft)
Luge - men's singles 1,324 metres (4,344 ft) 14 110 metres (360 ft)
Luge - women's singles 1,293 metres (4,242 ft) 14 110 metres (360 ft)
Luge - men's doubles 945 metres (3,100 ft) 11 90 metres (300 ft)

The venue includes a maximum grade of 15% and an average grade of 9.8%

Turn Number[4] Name Reason named
1., 2., 3. Omega Kurve After the Omega shape.
7. Veltins Kreisel 270-degree Kreisel (circular) curve sponsored by Veltins, a German brewery located in neighboring Meschede.
11., 12., 13. Labyrinth (not listed on track map) Three turns in quick succession without a straight (labyrinth)

Turns 4-6, 8-10, and 14 have no names listed in the track diagram.[4]

Track records
Sport Record Nation - athlete(s) Date Time (seconds)
Bobsleigh two-man[5] Start   Switzerland - Beat Hefti & Thomas Lamparter 29 November 2008 5.07
Bobsleigh two-man[5] Track   Switzerland - Beat Hefti & Thomas Lamparter 29 November 2008 55.86
Bobsleigh four-man[6] Start  Germany - André Lange, Alexander Roediger, Kevin Kuske, & Martin Putze 30 November 2008 5.01
Bobsleigh four-man[6] Track  Germany - André Lange, Alexander Roediger, Kevin Kuske, & Martin Putze 30 November 2008 54.54
Bobsleigh two-woman[3] Start  Canada - Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse 12 December 2009 5.54
Luge - men's singles[7] Start Andi Langenhan -  Germany 7 December 2007 4.536
Luge - men's singles[7] Track Armin Zöggeler -  Italy 13 December 2008 53.233
Luge - women's singles[8] Start Natalie Geisenberger -  Germany 31 October 2009 4.915
Luge - women's singles[8] Track Natalie Geisenberger -  Germany 14 December 2008 56.192
Luge - men's doubles[9] Start  Germany - Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt 9 January 2010 3.616
Luge - men's doubles[9] Track  Germany - Walther & Grüneker 10 January 2009 44.106
Skeleton - men[10] Track Alexander Tretiakov -  Russia 28 November 2008 56.88

Championships hosted[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New start area for the luge and bobsleigh track in Winterberg. at the Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course (14 September 2006 article accessed 20 February 2008.)
  2. ^ a b A lot is being done at the world's artificially-iced tracks. at the Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course (23 November 2006 article accessed 20 February 2008.)
  3. ^ a b c d List of two-woman bobsleigh championship medalists since 2000.
  4. ^ a b c Track information (German) - accessed 20 February 2008.
  5. ^ a b Hefti Wins in World Cup Bobsleigh Debut as Pilot at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (28 November 2008 article accessed 29 November 2008.)
  6. ^ a b Lange Sets Start and Track Rceords in Winterberg at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (30 November 2008 article accessed 30 November 2008.)
  7. ^ a b FIL Luge World Cup Winterberg 9 January 2010 men's singles results. - accessed 9 January 2010.
  8. ^ a b FIL Luge World Cup Winterberg 10 January 2010 women's singles results. - accessed 10 January 2010.
  9. ^ a b FIL Luge World Cup Winterberg 9 January 2010 doubles results. - accessed 9 January 2010.
  10. ^ Grassl Tops Tretiakov In Men's Skeleton Opener at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (28 November 2008 article accessed 29 November 2008.)
  11. ^ List of two-man bobsleigh championship medalists since 1931.
  12. ^ List of men's singles luge European championship medalists since 1914
  13. ^ List of Men's singles luge World championship medalists since 1955

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°11′03″N 8°30′24″E / 51.18425°N 8.5066°E / 51.18425; 8.5066