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Gerhard Plankensteiner

Full name: Gerhard Plankensteiner
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Weight: 212 lbs (96 kg)
Born: April 8, 1971 in Vipiteno, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Affiliations: G.S. Forestale, Roma (ITA)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Luge

Related Olympians: Husband of Susi Erdmann.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Gerhard Plankensteiner began international racing in 1986, competing in various youth categories in singles, winning one gold at the Junior World Championships. On the senior level he made his début in the World Cup in the 1989-90 season, winning his first podium in singles in February 1990 and the first of a total of five victories in doubles in January 1995. In the overall standings of the World Cup Plankensteiner was ranked second in doubles in 1997. He took part in five editions of the Winter Olympics making his début in singles in Albertville in 1992. His other four appearances were all in doubles, highlighted by the bronze medal in Torino in 2006 together with Oswald Haselrieder. He finished his career when Haselrieder was seriously injured in March 2010.

Winning the Olympic bronze medalist in Torino was overshadowed in Italy due to an incident that occurred immediately after the race. Plankensteiner, when asked by a journalist whether in case of victory he would have sung the national anthem replied\: "I do not know that song", thus triggering a controversy in the national press and the political world. Almost immediately, Plankensteiner, a German native speaker, gave his version of events. He declared that he had misunderstood the question because of the emotion of the moment and because he did not speak the Italian language well, not having understood that the Mameli anthem was just another way of referring to the national anthem of the Italian Republic.

At the World Championships Plankensteiner won four bronze medals in doubles and team, and two golds, the gold medals coming in 1989, at age 17 in the team event, and in doubles in 2009. He also received a silver medal and five bronze medals at the European Championships and won four Italian national titles, all in doubles.

In 2006 Plankensteiner was appointed as a member of the Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. He married Susi Erdmann, a five-time Olympian and triple medalist in luge and bobsleigh events. He later worked as a forest policeman and the couple settled in Rasun-Anterselva.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Luge Men's Singles Italy ITA 11
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Italy-2 ITA 6
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Italy-2 ITA 7
2006 Winter 34 Torino Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Italy-1 ITA 3 Bronze
2010 Winter 38 Vancouver Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Italy-2 ITA 9

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 20 Albertville Luge Italy ITA Final Standings 11 3:03.908
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Luge Italy ITA Run 1 9 45.676 6.785 6 15.755 6 24.654 8 28.694 8 35.429 12 8.970 9 8.899 12 4.040 10 6.735 16 10.247 8
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Luge Italy ITA Run 2 10 45.752 6.795 6 15.773 =7 24.647 9 28.676 9 35.331 9 8.978 12 8.874 12 4.029 10 6.655 10 10.421 16
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Luge Italy ITA Run 3 11 46.313 6.831 5 15.903 6 24.908 7 29.016 9 35.719 5 9.072 10 9.005 11 4.108 12 6.703 4 10.594 17
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Luge Italy ITA Run 4 11 46.167 6.803 6 15.831 5 24.791 8 28.869 8 35.559 6 9.028 8 8.960 11 4.078 9 6.690 =5 10.608 16

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Final Standings 6
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Run 1 6
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Run 2 7
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Final Standings 7
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Run 1 7
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Run 2 7
2006 Winter 34 Torino Luge Italy-1 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Final Standings 3
2006 Winter 34 Torino Luge Italy-1 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Run 1 5
2006 Winter 34 Torino Luge Italy-1 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Run 2 5
2010 Winter 38 Vancouver Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Final Standings 9
2010 Winter 38 Vancouver Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Run 1 9
2010 Winter 38 Vancouver Luge Italy-2 ITA Oswald Haselrieder Run 2 9
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