April 18, 1984 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Club||BC Stuttgart Solitude|
Manuel Machata grew up in Ramsau near Berchtesgaden, Germany. He attended the CJD Christophorus high school in Berchtesgaden. After completing high school he joined the sports group of the German army (Bundeswehr). He became German Junior Champion in both two and four-man and Junior World Champion in four-man bobsled in 2006. Machata started regularly at the European Cup since November 2006 where he won the 2006 and 2007 cups at Königssee and 2007 the four-man in Igls. He was behind Thomas Florschütz in both two-man and four-man at Königssee 2007 and third in the 2008 two-man championships in Altenberg. He reached second place at the Junior World Championship 2009 at Königssee in both two and four-man bobsled. He decided the European Cup in 2009 for himself and secured his starting place for the 2010/11 World Cup after André Lange's resignation. Although he is ranked in the B-league behind the two A-league drivers Karl Angerer and Thomas Florschütz, he dominated the difficult track in Whistler in a surprise victory in the two-man bobsled with his brakeman Andreas Bredau in his World Cup debut. At the following World Cup stop in Calgary, he celebrated his maiden victory in the four-man race with his pushers Makarow, Bredau and Poser. On February 20, 2011 he won silver in two-man at the World Championships Königssee, finishing 0.18 seconds behind Alexsandr Zubkov from Russia. His crowning event was the four-man World Championships on February 27, 2011, where he finished first and became World Champion.
In March 2014 Machata received a 5,000 Euro fine and a one year ban from the Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland after lending a set of bobsled runners to Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov in exchange for a fee.
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- "Russia Claims Two-man Bobsleigh". The Globe and Mail. Debruin Lynn (Associated Press). 11 December 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- "Germans sweep World Cup 4-man bobsled; Steven Holcomb 5th". USA Today. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- "Machata leads at halfway stage". Eurosport. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
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- "Historic gold for Zubkov". Eurosport. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
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