Artificial Track News 05.11.14
U.S. team nominated for the first half of the World Cup season

Lake Placid (RWH) Sochi Olympic bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin will head the team of USA Luge for the Viessmann Luge World Cup events in November and December. The 2009 World Champion will be joined 2014 Olympian Summer Britcher, World Cup medal winner Julia Clukey, and 2013 Junior World Champion... [more]

General News 03.11.14
Historic milestone: United Nations recognises autonomy of sport

New York/Lausanne (RWH) At the 69th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the United Nations recognised the autonomy of sport and of the International Olympic Committee IOC. "We highly welcome this resolution as a historic milestone in the relations between sport and... [more]

Artificial Track News 31.10.14
Köhne remains as Vice Chairman of the Youth Commission

Berchtesgaden (RWH) Hans-Jürgen Köhne from Germany has been reappointed Vice Chairman of the Commission for Youth/Development of the International Luge Federation (FIL). General Secretary Svein Romstad (USA) is Chairman of the Commission.

Köhne, club chairman of BSC Hallenberg, which... [more]

General News 31.10.14
Pioneering role for BSD: Ethics code adopted

Berchtesgaden (RWH) The German Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Federation (BSD) is leading the way in Germany as the first national federation to adopt an ethics code. Approval by the members was unanimous, the BSD announced on its website.

The code includes a valuation system, compliance... [more]

Artificial Track News 30.10.14
FIL Sport Commission welcomes two newcomers

Berchtesgaden (RWH) The Executive Board of the International Luge Federation (FIL) has appointed two newcomers to the Sport Commission. They are Walter Marx Junior from Slovakia and Harald Rolfsen from Norway. Mark Grimmette (USA), two-time Olympic medallist in the double-seater, and Atis Strenga,... [more]

Artificial Track News 28.10.14
Albert Demchenko joins the Technical Commission for Artificial Track

Berchtesgaden (RWH) Following his retirement, the Russian Albert Demchenko, who took part in seven Winter Olympics, more than any other luger, has been appointed to the Technical Commission by the International Luge Federation (FIL). In addition to the two-time silver medallist at the 2014 Olympics... [more]

Natural Track News 24.10.14
Chris Karl now Director Sport and Technical Matters Natural Track

Berchtesgaden (FIL) Chris Karl from Austria has been serving as „Director Sport and Technical Matters Natural Track“ of the International Luge Federation (FIL) since October 1, 2014. This decision was made after the newly-created position was advertised and all applications were received and... [more]

Artificial Track News 23.10.14
FIL and ÖRV mourn Rudolf Schmid

Berchtesgaden (RWH) The International Luge Federation (FIL) in Berchtesgaden and the Austrian Luge Federation (ÖRV) are together mourning the loss of Rudolf Schmid, Bronze Medalist in doubles of the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The younger brother of Manfred Schmid, 1968 Olympic... [more]

Artificial Track News 18.10.14
Training for National Technical officials starts

Seoul (RWH) The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) and the Korea Luge Federation (KLF) hosted the National Technical Officials (NTO) training in Seoul. With 37 participants, Bjørn Dyrdahl (NOR), who worked at the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in... [more]

Artificial Track News 18.10.14
Focus on the restoration of the Sarajevo luge track

Berchtesgaden (RWH) Josef Fendt, President of the International Luge Federation (FIL), met with the President of the national association of Bosnia and Herzegovina to discuss the restoration of the Olympic track in Sarajevo, an issue which has attracted significant global media attention. At the... [more]

General News 16.10.14
Inaugural visit of the new Turkish president

Berchtesgaden (RWH) Serkan Yasar, the newly elected President of the national Turkish association, paid his first official visit to the International Luge Federation (FIL) office in Berchtesgaden. Discussions between the five-member delegation and FIL President Josef Fendt centred on the... [more]

Artificial Track News 14.10.14
Armin Zoeggeler: record breaker

Milan (RWH) Italian Armin Zoeggeler, who has just announced his retirement in Milan, will be remembered as a record-breaking luger. The 40-year-old South Tyrolean was the first ever winter sportsman to win six medals at six Olympic appearances, taking two golds (2002 and 2006), one silver (1998)... [more]

Artificial Track News 14.10.14
Armin Zöggeler ends career

Milano/Italy (RWH) One of the most popular and successful figures on the international luge stage is taking his bow. In Milano the Italian athlete Armin Zöggeler from Lana near Meran in South Tyrol has announced the end of his career.

The 40-year-old from South Tyrol is the first... [more]

Artificial Track News 08.10.14
A dozen national teams training in Lillehammer

Lillehammer (RWH) The Olympic track in the Norwegian city of Lillehammer is a popular training venue. To start the winter following the last Olympic Games, a dozen national teams, a delegation from Oberhof, Germany, and the training group run by the International Luge Federation (FIL) are making... [more]

Artificial Track News 02.10.14
Oslo resigns from Olympic bid for 2022

Oslo (RWH) The bid of the Norwegian capital Oslo to stage the Olympic Winter Games 2022 has failed. So now only two candidate cities, Almaty in Kazakhstan and the Chinese capital Beijing, compete to host the sport mega-event. The winning bid is due to be announced at the session of the... [more]