Ludwig Leitner, born as the second son of a mining family, began at the age of two years with the skiing. In addition to the regional school ski race he took part in the German Youth Championships. At age 17, he was a participant at the Alpine World Skiing Championships in 1958 in Bad Gastein, at that time for the Austrian team. For the Olympic Winter Games in 1960 in Squaw Valley in 1959, he took on German citizenship.
He was honored in 1964 by the German Federal President with the Silver Laurel Leaf.
The Mittelberger Luggi Leitner lived with his wife Renate a hotel in his home town. As a double for James Bond actor George Lazenby, he worked in the movie James Bond 007 - with Her Majesty's Secret. His brother Adalbert Leitner was also skier, went to Austria and now lives in Canada.
Olympic Winter Games in 1960 in Squaw Valley
- 4th place in the slalom and fifth place in the Alpine combined
World Cup 1962 in Chamonix
- Bronze in the Alpine combined
Olympic Winter Games 1964 in Innsbruck
- Gold in the combination of 3 - at that time still no Olympic gold, counted only as a world champion title
World Cup 1966 in Portillo
- Bronze in the combination
Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble 1968
- 5th place in the combination