You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Athletes > Sylke Otto

Sylke Otto

Full name: Sylke Otto
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: July 7, 1969 in Chemnitz, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER) / WSC Erzgebirge Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Luge

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

As of 2009, Sylke Otto is the most successful female luger of all times. Beside her two golds at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics she has won multiple other titles: four-time singles World Champion (2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005) and twice team World Champion (2003 and 2005). Otto was also team runner-up in 2000 and 2001, third in singles in 1999 and 2004, and third in the team event in 1999. She was also singles European Champion in 2000 and 2002, team European Champion in 1990, 1992, and 2000, runner-up in singles in 1992 and third in 2004. Additionally she was a four-time overall World Cup Champion (1995, 2000, 2003 and 2004), and was German National Champion in 2003, 2006 and 2007. During her career, Otto won a record 37 World Cup races.

Otto had initially planned on retiring at the World Championships in Igls (AUT) in February 2008. But after crashing at Königssee (GER), and having watched Russian luger Albert Demchenko’s crash at Oberhof (GER) that same week, Otto retired in 2007, also coinciding with her pregnancy. Otto was a regular soldier within the Bundeswehr, beginning in 1996. In March 2008 she was elected to the city council in her home town of Zirndorf.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Luge Women's Singles Germany GER 13
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Luge Women's Singles Germany GER 1 Gold
2006 Winter 36 Torino Luge Women's Singles Germany GER 1 Gold

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 IT3 IR3 IT4 IR4 IT5 IR5 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2 ST3 SR3 ST4 SR4 ST5 SR5
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Luge Germany GER Final Standings 13 3:08.999
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Luge Germany GER Run 1 7 47.089 6.361 10 12.910 8 23.546 6 28.143 7 35.588 9 6.549 7 10.636 8 4.597 8 7.445 13 11.501 9
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Luge Germany GER Run 2 19 47.460 6.361 8 12.920 9 23.572 11 28.182 11 35.774 19 6.559 =8 10.652 11 4.610 =11 7.592 21 11.686 19
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Luge Germany GER Run 3 16 47.394 6.451 21 13.071 20 23.744 18 28.353 17 35.844 18 6.620 21 10.673 12 4.609 10 7.491 16 11.550 12
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Luge Germany GER Run 4 11 47.056 6.359 =5 12.938 7 23.566 9 28.159 9 35.585 12 6.579 =8 10.628 9 4.593 10 7.426 11 11.471 13
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Luge Germany GER Final Standings 1 2:52.464
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Luge Germany GER Run 1 3 43.356 3.164 5 16.478 2 29.386 2 38.083 3 13.314 1 12.908 3 8.697 3 5.273 =1
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Luge Germany GER Run 2 1 43.076 3.163 5 16.465 2 29.266 2 37.864 1 13.302 =1 12.801 1 8.598 1 5.212 1
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Luge Germany GER Run 3 1 42.940 3.154 =5 16.410 2 29.163 1 37.732 1 13.256 1 12.753 1 8.569 1 5.208 1
2002 Winter 32 Salt Lake City Luge Germany GER Run 4 2 43.092 3.164 =6 16.433 2 29.236 2 37.869 2 13.269 1 12.803 =1 8.633 2 5.223 1
2006 Winter 36 Torino Luge Germany GER Final Standings 1 3:07.979
2006 Winter 36 Torino Luge Germany GER Run 1 1 47.041 4.374 4 16.885 3 28.864 2 39.160 2 12.511 3 11.979 2 10.296 1 7.881 1
2006 Winter 36 Torino Luge Germany GER Run 2 1 46.820 4.372 4 16.844 2 28.738 2 38.969 1 12.472 2 11.894 1 10.231 1 7.851 1
2006 Winter 36 Torino Luge Germany GER Run 3 1 46.902 4.358 3 16.837 3 28.767 3 39.056 2 12.479 4 11.930 1 10.289 2 7.846 1
2006 Winter 36 Torino Luge Germany GER Run 4 3 47.216 4.374 4 16.926 8 28.963 8 39.302 6 12.552 =12 12.037 9 10.339 3 7.914 1