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Robert Pipkins

Full name: Robert Erik Pipkins
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: February 23, 1973 in Buffalo, New York, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Luge

Biography

Robert Pipkins became the first American slider to win a major international race, winning the 1992 World Junior Championships. Pipkins was on the US Luge Team from 1991-98, winning four consecutive US Championships during that time. He attended Drexel University. Pipkins was also the first African-American luge racer at the international level.

Pipkins, an African-American, was attacked in Oberhof, Germany in December 1993 by right-wing youths. His teammate Duncan Kennedy, came to his defense and thrashed with them, helping take Pipkins to safety. The Security Committee of the United States Olympic Committee then proclaimed events in Germany generally as "dangerous." This federal case was managed only by a personal apology from the Mayor of Oberhof to U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the youths were sentenced to drastic prison penalties.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Luge Men's Singles United States USA 21
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge Men's Singles United States USA 16

Men'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 18 Albertville Luge United States USA Final Standings 21 3:06.899
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Luge United States USA Run 1 32 47.996 6.867 20 16.074 29 25.284 29 29.512 29 36.559 31 9.207 31 9.210 33 4.228 33 7.047 31 11.437 33
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Luge United States USA Run 2 14 45.878 6.934 29 16.254 32 25.434 33 29.612 33 36.639 33 9.320 34 9.180 32 4.178 31 7.027 28 9.239 1
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Luge United States USA Run 3 15 46.601 6.948 23 16.236 30 25.486 29 29.731 29 37.436 33 9.288 32 9.250 29 4.245 30 7.705 34 9.165 1
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Luge United States USA Run 4 14 46.424 6.985 32 16.636 34 26.071 33 30.333 33 37.002 31 9.651 34 9.435 32 4.262 31 6.669 3 9.422 1
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Final Standings 16 3:24.580
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Run 1 17 51.248 4.528 12 16.842 17 26.285 19 33.462 18 43.107 17 12.314 18 9.443 21 7.177 16 9.645 17 8.141 14
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Run 2 17 51.332 4.513 9 16.812 15 26.228 18 33.444 17 43.148 17 12.299 18 9.416 17 7.216 17 9.704 17 8.184 16
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Run 3 14T 50.885 4.521 =8 16.807 14 26.160 16 33.261 16 42.828 16 12.286 =14 9.353 18 7.101 14 9.567 15 8.057 13
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Run 4 16 51.115 4.564 14 16.888 16 26.257 15 33.401 16 43.005 15 12.324 =15 9.369 16 7.144 16 9.604 15 8.110 15
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