Three Olympic medals; five World championships; three European championships and countless World Cup wins. It’s a lot for a sixteen-year-old to live up to. But that’s what was facing Nina Prock, daughter of luge legend Markus Prock, during the first ever Winter Youth Olympics.
Markus competed in the luge for Austria for nineteen years, and, sticking to the family trade, Nina has been sliding down Patscherkofel in her home town of Innsbruck. “Sometimes it’s hard because everyone wants you to follow in his footsteps,” Nina said. “But it’s cool. He can give me a lot of good advice.”
And that advice is simple.
“You train hard, but it’s also important to have fun,” said Prock senior, who is at the Games not only to support his daughter but as an Athlete Role Model sharing his experiences with other young athletes.
The tips seemed to have worked, with Nina only just missing out on the podium in the Women’s singles.
But the competition is just one part of the YOG. Markus says he’s incredibly proud that his home city is hosting an event that’s educating the leaders of tomorrow. “They learn a lot not only for their sport career but also in their whole life.”
And despite the pressure, Nina is happy to carry on the family tradition.
“I’m proud to have a Dad like this.”