Barbara Niedernhuber

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Niedernhuber at the 2015 luge world cup in Altenberg.
Barbara Niedernhuber
Medal record
Women's Luge
Representing  Germany
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1998 Nagano Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2002 Salt Lake City Women's singles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Nagano Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1999 Königssee Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2000 St. Moritz Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2004 Nagano Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 2005 Park City Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Calgary Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Sigulda Women's singles
World Cup Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004-05 Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1998–99 Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1999-00 Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2001-02 Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2002-03 Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2003-04 Women's singles
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Winterberg Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Altenberg Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Winterberg Women's singles

Barbara Niedernhuber (nicknamed Babsi, born 6 June 1974 in Berchtesgaden) is a German luger who competed from 1994 to 2006. She won two silver medals in the women's singles event at the Winter Olympics (1998 (she was beaten by 2 thousandths of a second by her team-mate, Silke Kraushaar), 2002). A favorite to make the 2006 Winter Olympics, she was upset at the national championships by Tatjana Hüfner in late 2005.

Niedernhuber also won seven medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with one gold (Mixed team: 2004), four silvers (Women's singles: 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005), and two bronzes (Women's singles: 2001, 2003). She also won three bronze medals in the women's singles event at the FIL European Luge Championships (2000, 2002, 2006).

Niedernhuber won the overall Luge World Cup title in women's singles in 2004-5.

Niedernhuber retired abruptly prior to the start of the 2006-07 World Cup season to a bacterial infection in her ankle joint that developed after surgery during the summer of 2006.

Cultural references[edit]

  • In The Simpsons episode "The Bart of War", Milhouse mentions he feels "like luge silver medalist Barbara Niedernhuber" while riding Flanders' video cart.

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