Silke Kraushaar-Pielach (born Silke Kraushaar on 10 October 1970 in Sonneberg, Thuringia) is a German luger who competed from 1995 to 2008. In June 2008, she was named sports manager for the luge section of Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland (BSD - German bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton federation).
Competing in three Winter Olympics, Kraushaar-Pielach won a complete set of medals in the women's singles event with a gold in 1998 (when she beat her team-mate Barbara Niedernhuber by 2 thousandths of a second), a silver in 2006, and a bronze in 2002.
She also won ten medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with four golds (Women's singles: 2004, Mixed team: 2000, 2001, 2007), four silvers (Women's singles: 2000, 2001; Mixed team: 1997, 1999), and two bronze (Women's singles: 2007, 2008).
Kraushaar-Pielach won ten medals at the FIL European Luge Championships, including seven golds (Women's singles: 1998, 2004, 2006; Mixed team: 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006) and three silvers (Women's singles: 2000, 2002, 2008).
She also won the overall Luge World Cup five times (1998-9, 2000-1, 2001-2, 2005-6, 2006-7). Kraushaar-Pielach started her last season off with a win in the women's singles event at Lake Placid, New York on November 16, 2007. Her last race in Sigulda, Latvia on February 16, 2008 saw her finishing third, the same place where she won her first World Cup event on November 30, 1996.
In June 2008, Kraushaar-Pielach was named manager of the luge section of the BSD, the German bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton federation.
She married German businessman Michael Pielach on July 7, 2006. It was announced on FIL's website on January 24, 2008 that her sled that she had competing with until 1995 has been auctioned off on the German version of eBay from January 19-26. Kraushaar-Pielach states that the proceeds from the auction will be used to benefit young luge. The sled sold for € 1160 and the proceeds went to her sledding club in Oberhof.
- FIL-Luge August 21, 2006 article on Kraushaar's marriage - accessed November 24, 2007.
- FIL-Luge January 24, 2008 article on Kraushaar-Pielach's sled donation on E-Bay. - Accessed January 24, 2008.
- FIL-Luge January 31, 2008 article on Kraushaar-Pielach's sled being sold. - Accessed January 31, 2008.
- FIL-Luge November 16, 2007 on Kraushaar-Pielach's victory starting her farewell tour.
- FIL-Luge.org article on Kraushaar-Pielach's last race in Sigulda, Latvia. - accessed February 16, 2008.
- FIL-Luge June 2, 2008 article on Kraushaar-Pielach's transition from athlete to sports official. - accessed June 13, 2008.
- FIL-Luge profile
- Fuzilogik Sports - Winter Olympic results - Women's luge
- Hickoksports.com results on Olympic champions in luge and skelton.
- Hickok sports information on World champions in luge and skeleton.
- List of European luge champions (German)
- List of women's singles luge World Cup champions since 1978.
- NBC Biography
- Official website (German)
- SportQuick.com information on World champions in luge. (French)