Winter Sports The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge  

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Luge is a competition that takes precision, strength, and coordination. The famous luge event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic luge Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. However, only one athlete can be voted the greatest in the sport. Cast your votes below to help decide on the best luge player of all time. 

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different athletes, including Shiva Keshavan and Armin Zöggeler. We have also included up and coming luge stars, like Tobias Wendl and Peter Penz. Who are the greatest Olympic luge athletes? Vote below! 

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Christian Niccum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Christian Niccum is a retired American luger who has competed since 1996 on the World Cup tour. He was the alternate in 1998, coached for Canada in 2002, finished 23rd in the men's singles event ...more

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Toni Eggert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Germany Toni Eggert is a German luger who has competed since 2008. As of January 26, 2009, he was in 15th place in the men's doubles in the 2008-09 Luge World Cup standings.

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Natalie Geisenberger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Germany Natalie Geisenberger is a German luger. She became Olympic Champion in the women's singles event and in the team relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and won a bronze medal in the women's ...more

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Dajana Eitberger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Dajana Eitberger

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Johannes Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Germany Johannes Ludwig is a German luger who has competed since 1996. He won a bronze medal in the mixed team event at the FIL European Luge Championships 2010 in Sigulda. Ludwig's finished 11th in the ...more

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Peter Penz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Peter Penz Austria Peter Penz is an Austrian luger who has competed since 2003. He won two medals in the mixed team event at the FIL World Luge Championships with a silver in 2009 and a bronze in 2007. He also ...more

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Tobias Arlt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Germany Tobias Arlt is a German luger who has competed since 1991, acting as a backdriver. He won a silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2008 FIL World Luge Championships, a silver and a ...more

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Sascha Benecken is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Sascha Benecken Germany Sascha Benecken is a German luger who has competed since 1999.

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Tobias Wendl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Germany Tobias Wendl is a German luger who has competed since 1993, acting as a front. He won a silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2008 FIL World Luge Championships in Oberhof, Germany, a ...more

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Georg Fischler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Georg Fischler Austria Georg Fischler is an Austrian luger who has competed since 2003. He won two medals in the mixed team event at the FIL World Luge Championships with a silver in 2009 and a bronze in 2007. He also ...more

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Julia Clukey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Julia Clukey is an American luger who has competed since 2002. Her best Luge World Cup season finish was 12th in women's singles in 2007–08. Clukey's best finish at the FIL World Luge ...more

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Chris Mazdzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Chris Mazdzer is a luger.

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Erin Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Erin Mullady Hamlin is a three-time Olympian and the first female American luger to medal at any Winter Olympics, as well as the first American of either gender to medal in singles competition. ...more

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Courtney Zablocki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Courtney Zablocki is an American luger who competed from 1997 to 2010. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of fourth in the women's singles event at Turin in 2006. ...more

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Eric Pothier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Canada Eric Pothier is a Canadian luger who has competed since 1990. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of fifth in the men's doubles event at Salt Lake City in 2002. He is a 6 ...more

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Adam Rosen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Adam Rosen is an American-born British luger who has competed since 2003. He finished 16th in the men's singles event at both the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and the 2010 Winter Olympics in ...more

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Nodar Kumaritashvili is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Georgia Nodar David Kumaritashvili was a Georgian luger who suffered a fatal crash during a training run for the 2010 Winter Olympics competition in Whistler, Canada, on the day of the opening ceremony. ...more

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Justin Snith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Justin Snith Canada Justin Snith is a Canadian luger who has competed since 2008. His best Luge World Cup finish was 13th in men's doubles at Calgary on 21 November 2009. Snith qualified for the 2010 Winter ...more

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Levan Gureshidze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Georgia Levan Gureshidze is an Olympic Luger from Georgia.

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Tristan Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Tristan Walker Canada Tristan Walker is a Canadian luger who has competed since 2008. His best Luge World Cup finish was 8th in men's doubles at Cesana in the 2011 World Championships. Walker qualified for the 2010 ...more

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David Gleirscher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
David Gleirscher David Gleirscher (born 23 July 1994) is an Austrian luger. He competed for Austria in the 2015-16 Luge World Cup in the men's singles and finished tenth in the points standings. In men's luge at ...more

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Ashley Walden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Ashley Walden is an American luger who has competed since 1998. She won two silver medals in the mixed team event at the FIL World Luge Championships. Hayden also finished eighth in the women's ...more

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Tony Benshoof is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Tony Benshoof is an American luger from White Bear Lake, Minnesota who has been competing since 1990. He won three medals in the mixed team event at the FIL World Luge Championships with two ...more

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Veronika Sabolová is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Slovakia Veronika Sabolová is a Slovakian luger who has competed since 1995. Competing in three Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of 14th in the women's singles event at Vancouver in ...more

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Natalia Khoreva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Russia Natalia Khoreva is a luger.

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Mark Grimmette is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Mark Grimmette is an American luger who competed from 1990 to 2010. Competing in five Winter Olympics, he won two medals in the men's doubles event with a silver in 2002 and a bronze in 1998. ...more

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Oswald Haselrieder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Italy Oswald Haselrieder is an Italian national of Austrian descent luger who competed from 1990 to 2010. Together with Gerhard Plankensteiner he won the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the ...more

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Bengt Walden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Sweden Bengt Walden is a retired Swedish-born, American luger who has competed since 1985, internationally since 1988, when he joined the Swedish national team. He married American luger Ashley Hayden ...more

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Megan Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Megan Sweeney is an American luger who competed from 2007 to 2010. Her best Luge World Cup season finish was 15th in women's singles in 2007-08. Sweeney's best finish at the FIL World Luge ...more

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Alexandra Rodionova is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Russia Alexandra Vasiliyevna Rodionova is a Russian luger who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of sixth in the women's singles event at Vancouver in ...more

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Armin Zöggeler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Italy Armin Zöggeler is a retired Italian luger and double Olympic champion. He is one of the most successful men in the sport, nicknamed Il Cannibale, for his notable series of victories, or The ...more

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Maija Tīruma is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Latvia Maija Tīruma is a former Latvian luger who competed from 2000 to 2013. She won two bronze medals in the mixed team relay event at the FIL World Luge Championships. Tīruma also won a gold medal ...more

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Ján Harniš is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Slovakia Ján Harniš is a Slovak luger who has competed since 2004. His best Luge World Cup season finish was 18th in men's doubles in 2006-07. Harniš' best finish at the FIL World Luge ...more

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Michelle Despain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Argentina Michelle Despain Hoeger is an Argentine-American luge athlete who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Despain, whose mother is from Argentina and father is from Utah, was born in Rosario, ...more

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Kiril Serikov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Russia Kiril Nikolayevich Serikov is a Russian luger who has competed since 2001. He finished 24th in the men's singles event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Serikov's best finish at the FIL ...more

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Tatjana Hüfner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Germany Tatjana Hüfner is a German luger who has competed since 2003. She won the bronze medal in the women's singles at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and the gold medal at the 2010 Winter ...more

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Jozef Ninis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Slovakia Jozef Ninis is a Slovakian luger who has competed since 1996. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 22nd in the men's singles event at Turin in 2006. Ninis's best finish ...more

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Vladimir Makhnutin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Russia Vladimir Vladimirovich Makhnutin, or Vladimir Machnutin, is a Russian luger who has competed since 1997. His best Luge World Cup finish was 15th in men's doubles in 2007–08. Makhnutin's best ...more

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Shiva Keshavan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
India Shiva Keshavan is a five time Olympian and the first Indian representative to compete in luge at the Winter Olympic Games. He set a new Asian speed record at 134.3 km/h after beating the ...more

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Branislav Regec is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Slovakia Branislav Regec is a Slovak luger who has competed since 2000. His best Luge World Cup season finish was 18th in men's doubles in 2006-07. Regec's best finish at the FIL World Luge Championships ...more

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Andreas Linger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Austria Andreas Linger is an Austrian retired luger who has competed internationally since 2000. He and his younger brother Wolfgang began luging at a very young age, and did their first doubles run ...more

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Agnese Koklaca is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Latvia Agnese Koklaca is a luger.

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Alex Gough is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Canada Alex Gough is a Canadian luger who has competed since 2002. She won a bronze medal in the women's singles event at the FIL World Luge Championships 2011 in Cesana, the first ever for a Canadian ...more

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Georg Hackl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Matt Schap added Germany Georg Hackl is a German former luger who was three time Olympic and World Champion. He is known affectionately as Hackl-Schorsch or as the Speeding Weißwurst a reference to what he looks ...more

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Manuel Pfister is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Austria Manuel Pfister is an Austrian luger who has competed since 1999. His best finish at the FIL World Luge Championships was 17th in the men's singles event at Oberhof in 2008. Pfister's best finish ...more

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Brian Martin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
United States of America Brian Martin is an American luger who competed from 1990 to 2010. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he won two medals in the men's doubles event with a silver in 2002 and a bronze in 1998. ...more

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Shigeaki Ushijima is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Japan Shigeaki Ushijima is a Japanese luger who has competed since 1996. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 16th in the men's singles event at Nagano in 1998. Ushijima's ...more

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Grant Albrecht is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Canada Grant Albrecht is a Canadian luger who has competed since 1998. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of tenth in the men's doubles event at Turin in 2006. Albrecht's best ...more

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Viktor Kneib is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Russia Viktor Ivanovich Kneib is a Russian luger who has competed since the late 1990s. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 9th in the men's doubles event at Nagano in 1998. ...more

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Ewelina Staszulonek is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Luge
Poland Ewelina Staszulonek is a Polish luger who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of eighth in the women's singles event at Vancouver in 2010. ...more