Felix Loch

Felix Loch ( born July 24, 1989 in Sonneberg ) is an internationally successful German luger and in this sport three -time Olympic champion, eight -time World Champion, European Champion and overall World Cup winner.

Career and career

Felix Loch, son of the German bobsleigh national team coach Norbert Loch starts, for the RC Berchtesgaden and lives in Schoenau am Koenigssee. His talent proved hole early. In 2002, he reached at the German Championships in the age group "Youth B" in the doubles second place. The following year he repeated this achievement Master was also in the single-seater. The title of the single-seat he won in 2004 and 2005 as A Teenager. In the 2004/05 season he finished second in the overall World Cup, the A - juniors.

In the season 2005/ 06 hole started in Junior World Cup and won four races, was second twice and won the overall World Cup victory. In 2006 he became Junior World Champion in the single-seater and as a team in Altenberg.

Due to the resignation of Denis Geppert he was appointed to the expanded group for the World Cup in the 2006/07 season. In his first race in Park City, he was tenth. On December 7, 2006, he reached the sixth and so far the best place in Koenigssee. In Oberhof was followed by a ninth in Altenberg eventually a seventh place. This and winning the Junior World Champion title in singles and team end of January 2007 in Cesana, he qualified for the World Cup in early February in Innsbruck- Igls. There, at that time only seventeen years old came up with a good for him in ninth place.

In the 2007 /08 season he was able to steadily improve its performance in the World Cup and consolidate and qualified again for the World Cup in Oberhof. On 26 January 2008, he won his first world title at just 18 years. He is the youngest ever world champion in luge. Shortly before, he was at the 2008 European Championships in Cesana sixth second best German starter. At the Junior World Championships 2008 in Lake Placid, he finished second behind Wolfgang Kindl. 2008, he and Geisenberger with the Bavarian sports award in the category " Outstanding (r ) Young Athletes / in " honored.

On October 25, 2008 hole in Koenigssee German champion 2009 in single-seaters. On 7 February 2009, he defended his world title in Lake Placid. This managed before him only Georg Hackl and Armin Zöggeler. At the World Cup in Königsee Felix Loch was the first time take the third place on the podium in January 2009. Already in the next World Cup in Cesana, he reached the second place. After four more podium finishes, he finished fourth in the World Cup.

On 31 October 2009, he defended his title at the German Championships. On December 5, 2009 Loch succeeded after two fourth places at the beginning of the season's first World Cup win on the track of Altenberg. This hole was also part of the winning relay team and overtook his first victory in this discipline. In the course of the season was followed by a second and third place and at the end of the season was third place in the World Cup. To crown his career came on 14 February 2010, was as a hole at the Olympic Games in Vancouver Olympic champion in the single-seater.

The start of the 2010 season could hole in Innsbruck -Igls win, plus the race in Oberhof and Altenberg. He also stood two more times on the podium. He was at the end of the season second in the overall World Cup. At the World Cup 2011 Felix Loch won the silver medal, after he had lain after the first round lead.

In the season 2011/12 hole won the World Cup in Innsbruck, Whistler, Königsee, Oberhof, Winterberg and Sigulda, this was a second place in Calgary. With the victory in Sigulda he was able to secure a race left in the season for the first time the World Cup victory. In the Luge World Cup 2012 in Altenberg Felix Loch won his third individual World Champion title and his third title in the team competition. At the European Championships in Paramonovo he won the bronze medal in singles.

At the beginning of the season 2012/13 Felix Loch won the World Cup opener in Innsbruck and the race in Altenberg and Oberhof. The latter was regarded as the European Championship in 2013, here for the first time on January 13th hole secured the European title. On the same day he also won the team relay to Geisenberger and the doubles duo Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecke also the title. Even in the World Cup 2013 on the track in Whistler, he won both titles possible.

In winter 2013/14 hole was victorious in five World Cup races and won the overall title for the third time. At the Olympic Games in Sochi, he won again the gold medal with a clear lead. He was again on February 13, 2014 along with the single-seater driver Geisenberger and the two-seat riders Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt in the Team Relay Olympic champion. At the closing ceremony hole was given the honor to carry the German flag into the Olympic stadium.


Olympic games

  • 2010: in the single-seater
  • 2014: in the single-seater and in the Team Relay

World Championships

  • 2008: in the single-seater and in the Team Relay
  • 2009: in the single-seater and in the Team Relay
  • 2011: in the single-seater
  • 2012: in the single-seater and in the Team Relay
  • 2013: in the single-seater and in the Team Relay

Overall World Cup

  • 2006/ 07: 27th place
  • 2007/ 08: Place 6
  • 2008/ 09: 4th place
  • 2009/10: 3rd place
  • 2010/11: 2nd Place
  • 2011/12: 1st place
  • 2012/13: 1st place
  • 2013/14: 1st place

World Cup wins

European Championships

  • 2012: in the single-seater
  • 2013: in the single-seater and in the Team Relay

Junior World Championships

  • 2006: in the single-seater and in the Team Relay
  • 2007: in the single-seater and in the Team Relay
  • 2008: in the single-seater

German Championships

  • 2007: 4th place in the single-seater
  • 2008: in the single-seater
  • 2009: in the single-seater
  • 2010: in the single-seater
  • 2012: in the single-seater
  • 2014: in the single-seater

Wok World Championship

In the 8th edition of Stefan Raab's Wok WM 2010 Felix Loch came to 4th place in the "One - Wok " by Georg Hackl, Joey Kelly and Christian Clerici. In 2011 he finished second by Georg Hackl and before Lucy Diakovska.