Moscow (RWH) Russia’s Albert Demchenko, who won a silver medal in the men’s singles as well as in the Team Relay event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in front of a home crowd, has ended his active career in luge, but he will stay with the sport of luge as an official. The 42-year-old, who was recently elected President of Moscow’s regional association, will coach the Russian junior luge team in the upcoming season. This was announced during the 62nd Congress of the International Luge Federation (FIL) in Innsbruck (Austria).

The overall 2004-2005 Viessmann Luge World Cup winner is a seven-time Olympian – a record in luge. Apart from his two 2014 silver medals, Demchenko also claimed silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin (Italy). Additionally, the two-time European champion (2006 and 2010) in the men’s singles also won the silver medal in the men’s singles and Team Relay event at the 2012 World Championships in Altenberg (Germany). Demchenko has a total of 15 individual victories to his name in the Viessmann Luge World Cup series.

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