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Frank Luck

Full name: Frank Luck
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (179 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: December 5, 1967 in Schmalkalden, Thüringen, Germany
Affiliations: ASK Vorwärts Oberhof, Oberhof (GER) / WSV Oberhof, Oberhof (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Biathlon

Related Olympians: Brother-in-law of Sven Fischer; Same-sex partner of Sandra Farmand.

Medals: 2 Gold, 3 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

Frank Luck would have competed in five Winter Olympics, except he missed 1992 when he was suffering from mumps. He became the second most successful biathlete ever in the World Championships, later surpassed by Ole Einar Bjørndalen. Luck was married to Andrea Fischer, the sister of his teammate Sven Fischer, but they eventually divorced. He then lived with snowboarder Sandra Farmand and managed the hunting operation of his sponsor, a German Bank, in Brandenburg.

His father, his uncle and his grandfather were cross-country skiiers, so Luck’s career seemed pre-ordained. At the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics he won two gold medals with the biathlon relay, adding two individual silver medals over 20 km in 1994 and 2002, and another relay silver in 2002. At the World Championships Luck earned 11 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals between 1989 and 2004, and also won the 20 km World Cup in 2000 and 2002, placing second in the sprint World Cup in 1999. On a national level he was third over 10 km in 1989, runner-up over 20 km in 1987, and relay runner-up with ASK Vorwärts Oberhof in 1989, and third one year earlier in former GDR. After German reunification he became German Champion over 10 km in 1996 and 1997, and over 20 km in 1995. In 2009 during a TV interview Luck confessed to doping unknowingly during his career with Oral-Turinanbol.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint East Germany GDR 6
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Germany GER 6
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Germany GER 2 Silver
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Germany GER 1 Gold
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Germany GER 7
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Germany GER 1 Gold
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Germany GER 29
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Biathlon Men's 12.5 kilometres Pursuit Germany GER 11
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Germany GER 2 Silver
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's 10 kilometres Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M S1T S1R S2T S2R
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Biathlon East Germany Final Standings 6 25:57.6 1 0 1
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Biathlon Germany Final Standings 6 29:09.7 2 1 1
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Biathlon Germany Final Standings 7 28:40.3 1 1 0 9:00.9 8 20:49.6 8
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Biathlon Germany Final Standings 29 26:47.7 2 1 1 8:20.7 47 19:18.4 28

Men's 12.5 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M SB RT RR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Biathlon Germany Final Standings 11 34:01.0 1 +1:56 32:05.0 1 0 7:29.1 22 0 14:00.6 15 0 20:32.4 12 1 27:21.1 9

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT M ST SR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Biathlon Germany Final Standings 2 57:28.7 3 54:28.7 2 0 11:19.2 1 2 22:51.8 7 0 35:09.0 1 1 46:04.9 2
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Biathlon Germany Final Standings 2 51:39.4 0 51:39.4 14 0 9:38.6 2 0 20:24.7 4 0 31:17.7 3 0 42:23.9 2

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M ET ER ES S1ES S2ES S1T S1R S2T S2R
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Biathlon Germany GER Final Standings 1 22:06.0 0 0 0 44:38.3 1
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Biathlon Germany GER Final Standings 1 21:12.3 0 0 0 1-21:36.2 1 3 2 1
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Biathlon Germany GER Final Standings 2 20:06.0 0 0 0 1-24:27.6 2 0 0 0 1-10:29.5 2 1-17:13.6 2