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FIL Media Guide 2013/2014

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Artificial Track News 29.05.14
Junior World Champion Greta Pinggera will change to artificial track luge

Laas / Italy (pps) Greta Pinggera of Laas in South Tyrol, female junior World Champion in natural track luge, is thinking about a change to artificial track luge. “I believe I can’t achieve any more in natural luge. I’m very ambitious and I want to be a professional luger – and that’s something I... [more]

General News 27.05.14
Only four candidates left to bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Lausanne (pps) There are only four candidates left to bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. After 69.72 percent of the Polish residents in Krakow have voted against hosting the 2022 Winter Games in a referendum, the city of Krakow withdrew its bid. The remaining four possible host cities with the... [more]

Artificial Track News 26.05.14
Sandra Gasparini of Italy ends her career

Vipiteno/Italy (RWH) The Viessmann Luge World Cup series has lost one of its most fetching athletes: Italy’s most successful female luger in the recent past, Sandra Gasparini of Vipiteno, has ended her active career. “There’s no more future in luge for me,” the 23-year old explained in her home... [more]

Artificial Track News 22.05.14
Kate Hansen takes a one-year break to concentrate on her studies

Lake Placid (RWH) USA’s Kate Hansen, who a 10th-place result at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, is taking a one-year break from sliding to concentrate on her studies. This was disclosed when the U.S. federation announced its luge team for the coming winter. Kate Hansen, the 2008 junior... [more]

General News 21.05.14
Dr. Michael Bielowski new ÖRV President

Mariazell/Austria (RWH) Dr. Michael Bielowski is the new President of the Austrian Luge Federation (ÖRV). At the 34th Federal Association Conference the managing director of Olympiaworld was voted unanimously to the position, which he will hold for the next four years.

Bielowski will... [more]

Artificial Track News 15.05.14
Bobsleigh World Champion Cathleen Martini wins Luge Summer Cup

Zwickau (RWH) Germany’s Cathleen Martini, 2011 World Champion in the women’s bobsleigh, made a successful “excursion” in a different sport. Martini, born in Zwickau in the east of Germany, won the 34th International Luge Summer Cup on the plastic track in her home town.

The 31 year-old... [more]

Artificial Track News 12.05.14
Nina Reithmayer ends her active luge career

Innsbruck (RWH) Austria’s Nina Reithmayer, silver medal winner at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, has ended her active luge career.

The 29-year old luger from Tyrol, who competed in three Winter Olympics (2006, 2010 and 2014), will start a traineeship to become a... [more]

General News 08.05.14
IOC awards Olympic Games broadcast rights to NBCUniversal through to 2032

Lausanne (RWH) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded NBCUniversal (NBCU) the broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through to 2032. NBCU has acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and... [more]

Artificial Track News 06.05.14
FIL publishes 2014-2015 Luge Calendar

Berchtesgaden (RWH) The International Luge Federation (FIL) has published its calendar for the 2014-2015 season, featuring nine Viessmann Luge World Cup events in six countries on two continents, with the highlight of the season, the FIL Luge World Championships 2015 in Sigulda (Latvia) on... [more]

Artificial Track News 05.05.14
Pyeongchang enters Winter Games spotlight

Pyeongchang (RWH) Four years before the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games get underway, the Pyeongchang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG) continues to make steady progress in its preparations, as it enters the full glare of the Winter Games spotlight. That was the message delivered by the... [more]

Artificial Track News 29.04.14
FIL President Fendt in Nagano

Nagano (RWH) The President of the International Luge Federation, Josef Fendt of Germany, has just visited Nagano, Japan, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998. Accompanied by Secretary General Svein Romstad (USA) and Koji Kuriyama, FIL’s coordinator for Asia, Fendt’s agenda included a trip to... [more]

Natural Track News 28.04.14
Melanie Schwarz also ends her career

(es) - On March, 9th the Italian announced via Facebook her retirement: “With today’s win at the national championships I am going to end my long, successful career that was shaped by ups and downs.” The 24-year-old also had a special season – with exactly these ups and downs. She was not able... [more]

Artificial Track News 28.04.14
Switzerland's Gregory Carigiet ends career

Chur (RWH) Swiss luger Gregory Carigiet has retired. The 27-year-old made the announcement in a press release from his home town of Chur, explaining that he would need more time and more money to continue in the sport.

Carigiet was placed twelfth at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia,... [more]

Artificial Track News 23.04.14
David Möller of Germany ends career

Oberhof (RWH) David Möller, who collected a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, has ended his active career. The 2004 and 2007 world champion announced in Oberhof that he was looking forward to facing new professional challenges and to spending more time with his family.... [more]

General News 16.04.14
FIL Expert and Commissions Meeting

Berchtesgaden (RWH) Last weekend, 11–13 April, the various commissions of the International Luge Federation (FIL) convened in the Austrian village of St Leonhard. The agenda covered changes to the rules for artificial and natural tracks, adjustments to the FIL racing calendar, and a discussion of... [more]

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