Wolfgang Staudinger steps down as Canada's head coach after 2022 Winter Olympics
Calgary (FIL) Wolfgang Staudinger will end his position as head coach of the Canadian luge team after 15 years. After the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing 2022, Staudinger, who has led Canada's luge athletes to medal-winning performances at Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cups and Youth Olympic Games, will end his tenure as head coach of the Canadian luge team.
Staudinger made this decision together with Luge Canada at an early stage to support the organisation in developing a succession plan. A transfer of knowledge and a seamless transition will be facilitated while the national programme develops a new generation of high performance athletes.
"Fifteen years is a long time. When I think about it, I am partly very proud of what we have achieved together and I am also sad that it is over, but I realise that nothing lasts forever and it is time to move on in life," said Staudinger, who won a bronze medal in doubles for Germany at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Before Staudinger closes the chapter on luge Canada, he will prepare the new generation of Canadian luge athletes for the World Cups starting in early November with the International Training Week in Beijing, China - the track where Staudinger will coach Team Canada for the last time at the Olympic Games starting February 4, 2022.
Luge Canada will begin its international search for a new head coach to succeed Staudinger and lead the national program into the next Olympic quadrennial.