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Georg Hackl is the only luger to have won medals at five consecutive Olympic Games in singles luge.

Close duels

At the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Hackl finished second to fellow German Jens Müller. Because Hackl had trouble with his start, a start range was built for him at the Königssee luge course near his home in Berchtesgaden. The increased practice paid off as he won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville by defeating Marcus Prock of Austria in the closest men's singles competition in 24 years. The repeat duel between Hackl and Prock at the Olympic Games in 1994 was even closer. Georg won again, but the contest was so close that if the four runs had been a single race, he would have won by less than 35 centimetres after 5.6 kilometres of sliding

Writing Olympic history

At the 1998 Nagano Games, Hackl survived a protest against his new, aerodynamically advanced yellow booties to earn a third gold medal. In doing so, he became only the sixth person in the history of the Winter Games to win the same individual event three times. At the Games in 2002, Hackl barely edged Prock once again, but this time both of these veterans were beaten by Armin Zöggeler of Italy. Still, Hackl brought his Olympic medals total to three golds and two silvers. Although injured for part of the season and aged 40, in 2006 in Turin, Georg Hackl participated in his 6th Olympic Games and placed 7th.



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Viessmann World Cup Training Session

CESENA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 18: Georg Hackl of Germany in action during the training session for the Viessmann Luge World Cup on November 18, 2005 in Cesena Pariol near Torino, Italy. The competition will take on November 19 and 20, 2005 and will be a test for the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games 2006 in Italy. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Bongarts/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Georg Hackl
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11 Feb 2002: Armin Zoeggeler of Italy claims gold in the men's luge singles event beating silver winner Georg Hackl of Germany and bronze medallist Markus Prock of Austria during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. \ Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images
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PARK CITY, UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 11: OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE SALT LAKE CITY 2002, Park City; EINZEL/MAENNER; Georg HACKL/GER - Silber - (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Georg Hackl Captures the Luge Silver Medal

In Salt Lake City 2002, Armin Zoggeler claims gold in a combined time of 2:57.941 and Georg Hackl settles for silver, finishing just 0.329 seconds after the winning time. Georg Hackl, one of the greatest Lugers of all time, has participated in 5 different editions of the Winter Games. He went on to win three gold and two silver medals during his Olympic career. Luge Singles Men's Final - Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics - Armin Zoggeler (ITA), Georg Hackl (GER), Markus Prock (AUT)
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Nagano 1998-Luge-single M-HACKL George (GER) 1st, ZOEGGLER Armin (ITA) 2nd and MUELLER Jens (GER) 3rd.


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