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Walter Plaikner

Full name: Walter Plaikner
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: October 24, 1951 in Chienes, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Affiliations: Slittino Club Kiens
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Luge

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Walter Plaikner only competed in doubles, always paired with Paul Hildgartner. Plaikner started racing in 1968 and participated in two Winter Olympics, winning the 1972 doubles gold medal in a tie for first place with the East German double Horst Hörnlein and Reinhard Bredow. He retired from racing after the disappointing 11th place finish at Innsbruck in 1976, the race in which he almost could not participate because of a nasty flu. During his career Plaikner also won one gold and one bronze medal at the World Championships in 1971 and 1973, respectively. The pair of Hildgartner/Plaikner won two European titles in doubles in 1971 and 1974. In his last season, 1976, they won the doubles World Cup. After coaching in Japan until Nagano in 1998 and in the United States through 2002, Plaikner was head coach of the Italian national luge team for several years. In 2013 he was appointed head coach of the Russian luge team preparing for their home Olympics in 2014. In 2007, Plaikner was named Chairman of the Technical Commission of the International Luge Federation (FIL).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Italy-1 ITA 1T Gold
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Italy-2 ITA 11

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Luge Italy-1 ITA Paul Hildgartner Final Standings 1T
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Luge Italy-1 ITA Paul Hildgartner Run 1 1
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Luge Italy-1 ITA Paul Hildgartner Run 2 2
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Luge Italy-2 ITA Paul Hildgartner Final Standings 11
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Luge Italy-2 ITA Paul Hildgartner Run 1 11
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Luge Italy-2 ITA Paul Hildgartner Run 2 12
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