Tony Benshoof

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Tony Benshoof
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Benshoof at 2002 Olympics
Medal record
Representing the  United States
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2004 Nagano Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2005 Park City Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Calgary Mixed team
World Cup Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2005-06 Men's singles
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1995 Lake Placid Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Lake Placid Men's singles

Tony Benshoof (born July 7, 1975) is an American luger from White Bear Lake, Minnesota who has been competing since 1990. He won three medals in the mixed team event at the FIL World Luge Championships with two silvers (2004, 2005) and one bronze (2001).

Benshoof was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Competing in three Winter Olympics, Benshoof earned his best finish of fourth by .153 seconds in the men's singles event at Turin in 2006. He was the highest Olympic finisher for any USA Luge athlete in Men's Singles Luge prior to Chris Mazdzer's silver medal in the 2018 Pyeong Chang olympics. Benshoof also holds records for most international medals won (37) by any USA Men's Singles athlete and most US National titles won. Every medal Benshoof won was under head coach Wolfgang Schädler (1985–2010).

On October 16, 2001, Benshoof became the Guinness World Record holder for fastest speed on a luge sled at 86.6 mph (139.4 km/h) at the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track in Park City, Utah, used for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

His best Luge World Cup overall finish was third in men's singles in 2005-6.