David Gleirscher

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David Gleirscher
2018-11-21 David Gleirscher by Sandro Halank–1.jpg
David Gleirscher in 2018
Personal information
Born (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 (age 24)
Hall in Tirol, Austria

David Gleirscher (born 23 July 1994)[1] is an Austrian luger. He competed for Austria in the 2015-16 Luge World Cup in the men's singles and finished tenth in the points standings.[2] In men's luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics he became a surprise champion after the favorite, Felix Loch, made a mistake in the last run and dropped out of the medals. Prior to the Olympic win, Gleirscher did not have a single World Cup podium appearance.[3]


David Gleirscher's father, Gerhard, was a luger who won three world championship medals, including both a gold in the team event and a bronze in the men's single event in 1997. His father also competed in three Winter Olympics, finish seventh in each Olympics (Singles: 1994, 1998; Doubles: 1992).[4]

His younger brother Nico Gleirscher is also a luger competing for Austria.[5] Nick placed third in the sprint event at Winterberg during the 2017-18 Luge World Cup.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.rodel-austria.at/index.php?id=103
  2. ^ http://www.newstimes.com/sports/article/Luge-World-Cup-Results-6710027.php[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Winter Olympics: David Gleirscher claims Austria's first luge gold in 50 years after Felix Loch error". BBC. 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ m.b.H., STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft. "Rodler David Gleirscher rast sensationell zu Gold". derStandard.at. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  5. ^ http://www.fil-luge.org/en/athletes/nico-gleirscher
  6. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4420254

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