Georg Hackl: German Olympic hero moves to Austria

Er is a winter sports hero in this country, someone who once helped shape his sport as an active participant and has since continued to ensure success as a coach in the background. A handyman. A guy. Unique. Even those who are not interested in tobogganing know Georg Hackl. The three-time Olympic champion and ten-time world champion belongs to an endangered species: a sports star in a marginal sport, known far beyond the confines of the ice rink.

And it is precisely this Georg Hackl who is causing a stir: according to information from WELT, the German luge legend is changing to train his Austrian rival. First, the daily “Österreich” reported on its online portal.

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It was none other than Markus Prock (57), Hackl’s former competitor, who caused the blow as president of luge within the Austrian association. From now on, the former opponents and dominators want to ensure success together. Prock himself has won the World Cup ten times overall.

presentation on Thursday

At the Beijing Olympics, Hackl was still in action for the dominant German athletes. The team won all four possible gold medals, plus two silver. The Austrians returned home as the second-best nation with two silver medals and a bronze medal. Prock still wants a reorganization.

In April, Christian Eigentler was introduced as head coach Rene Friedl’s successor. Hackl is to be officially introduced as part of the coaching staff on Thursday.

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