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Erika Lechner

Full name: Erika Lechner (-Tauber-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: May 28, 1947 in Maranza, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Luge

Related Olympians: Sister of Emilio Lechner.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Erika Lechner was the first Italian woman to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. She began competing in 1964, at the age of 16, when she captured the first of her seven national titles. Four years later she became a member of the Italian Olympic team in Grenoble in 1968. After three of four runs, Lechner was third, behind the East Germans Ortrun Enderlein and Anna-Maria Müller and immediately before another East German, Angela Knösel. However, a jury check after the third run revealed that the blades of the toboggans used by the team of East Germany had been heated, an illegal practice which helped reduce friction on the ice, so the three athletes were disqualified and Lechner found herself in first place before the final run, which was initially postponed due to bad weather, but was later canceled, bringing her the gold medal. Another successful year was 1971, when she won the European Championship in Imst and the silver medal at the Worlds in Olang, only narrowly missing first place, beaten by the West German Elisabeth Demleitner. The following year she ended her career after taking part in the 1972 Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo but failed to finish. In 1968 she was appointed Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Her brother was teammate and Olympian Emilio Lechner. After her active career she managed the Hotel Erika in her native Maranza.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 20 Grenoble Luge Women's Singles Italy ITA 1 Gold
1972 Winter 24 Sapporo Luge Women's Singles Italy ITA AC DNF

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Winter 20 Grenoble Luge Italy ITA Final Standings 1 2:28.66
1968 Winter 20 Grenoble Luge Italy ITA Run 1 1 48.76
1968 Winter 20 Grenoble Luge Italy ITA Run 2 1 49.39
1968 Winter 20 Grenoble Luge Italy ITA Run 3 5 50.51
1972 Winter 24 Sapporo Luge Italy ITA Final Standings AC DNF
1972 Winter 24 Sapporo Luge Italy ITA Run 1 21 48.76
1972 Winter 24 Sapporo Luge Italy ITA Run 2 21 49.39
1972 Winter 24 Sapporo Luge Italy ITA Run 3 21 50.51
1972 Winter 24 Sapporo Luge Italy ITA Run 4 AC DNF
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