Georg Hackl - Luge
Three-time Olympic champion
Two-time vice Olympic champion
Ten-time world champion
Ten-time vice world champion
Because I have a natural need for movement, sports still plays an important role for me after my competitive sports career. I really need to be able to get out into the great outdoors. In the winter I like to go ski touring or hit the slopes. I’ve always enjoyed mountain biking and hiking in the mountains in summer, but now, with the invention of the e-mountain bike, this has become an even greater and almost limitless pleasure.
- Role model
I have a number of role models. Just off the top of my head, I can think of an example of someone with a very unusual resume. This is a person who has made it from the most basic circumstances to the highest levels of science. I’m talking about Hartmut Graßl, one of the most renowned climate researchers of our times. He was born on an isolated farm in the small mountain village of Ramsau, not far from where I grew up. I am familiar with his story because he went to the village school with my father in the 1940s, when it was normal for five primary school classes to be taught together in a single room by just one teacher. My father told me that Graßl was already known for his extraordinary intelligence back then. Today, Graßl presents scientific proof that the climate is changing due to human influence, and in what ways and how quickly. He provides detailed information and explains why it is so important to curb this process and how we can make it work. Generally speaking, I always consider role models to be people who have achieved great things in their lives, but who have also in some way made some significant contribution to the well-being or progress of humankind.
- What's important to me
We only have this one planet Earth, which is unique and special in that life exists here in the rich diversity we see all around us. We humans have reached such an advanced stage of development that we are fully capable of destroying or inflicting long-term damage on our natural surroundings. That is why it is important to me that humanity takes this responsibility seriously and treats the resources that the Earth provides us with respectfully, through conservation, increased efficiency and technological progress, so that future generations can experience a world that is just as beautiful as ours is and so that they can be proud of us and not condemn us!
Your success in life depends in no small part on having solid, loyal, long-term partners at your side. Viessmann, a family business, is one of the most important partners in my life. [...]
Georg comes to luge through school sports. After graduating from school, he does an apprenticeship as a locksmith. In 1987, he becomes German champion for the first time. Two years later he wins his first World Cup title, followed by nine others. He also achieves a World Cup overall victory in 1988/89 and 1989/90. In 1992 and 1994, Georg becomes Olympic champion in Albertville and Lillehammer. In 1997 – after many successful years – he experiences health problems in his intervertebral discs. He still becomes world champion that year at the World Cup in Igls. At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, he becomes an Olympic champion for the third time. In 2006, he has to end his career after the Olympic Winter Games in Turin because of further protracted injuries. Today he continues to be a brand ambassador for the Viessmann family business.
Vice German champion
Georg becomes vice German champion at Königssee in 1986.
Two-time European champion and silver at the Olympics
In 1988, Georg becomes European champion in both the team and individual competitions on his home track at Königssee. He also becomes 1988 vice Olympic champion in individual in Calgary.
First world champion title
Georg wins the individual race at the World Championships in Winterberg in 1989, earning his first-ever world champion title. He also wins the World Cup overall ranking at the end of the season.
World champion and European champion
In 1990, Georg becomes world champion in individual in Calgary and European champion in individual in Igls. As in the previous season, he secures the World Cup overall victory. He also becomes vice European champion in the team competition.
Another world champion title
In 1991, he becomes world champion in the team competition in Winterberg and also wins the silver medal in individual.
Gold at the Olympics
Georg becomes Olympic champion for the first time at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville.
All good things come in threes: 3rd world champion title
Georg wins silver in individual and becomes world champion in the team competition at the 1993 World Championships in Calgary.
Another successful Olympic performance
Georg also secures the gold medal in individual at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer.
World champion in the team competition
Georg wins the silver medal in individual and, just like in 1993, becomes world champion in the team competition at the 1995 World Championships in Lillehammer.
Two-time vice world champion
Georg becomes vice world champion in the individual and team competitions in Altenberg again this season.
There’s no stopping Hackl: world champion yet again
Just 100 days after the surgery on his intervertebral discs, Georg becomes world champion again at the World Championships in Igls.
Third Olympic gold
Georg wins his third gold medal in individual at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.
Second place in the overall ranking
This season, Georg collects another three World Cup victories to add to his list of successes. He finishes the season in second place in the overall ranking. He also wins the bronze medal in the team competition at the World Championships at Königssee.
World champion and European champion
Georg wins the gold medal in the team competition and bronze in individual at the World Championships in St. Moritz. The German team also manages to excel on a European level, earning him the European champion title in Winterberg. He also wins silver on the single-seater.
The pursuit of world champion titles continues
Georg becomes world champion again in the team competition and vice world champion in individual at the World Championships in Calgary.
Following three Olympic gold medals in the past, Georg wins the silver medal in individual this year in Salt Lake City.
Georg Hackl is world champion once again
Just as he did three years earlier, Georg wins the gold medal with the German team at the World Championships in Sigulda.
Vice world champion
Georg becomes vice world champion in individual at the World Championships in Nagano.
A world champion retires
At his final World Championships in Park City, Georg becomes world champion again in the team competition and vice world champion in individual.
Final Olympic Winter Games
A severe case of the flu and neuritis in his left arm cost Georg a medal at his final Olympic Winter Games in Turin, the last competition of his career. Georg has been a brand ambassador for Viessmann ever since and is employed as technical trainer for the Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland association.