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Georg Hackl
Hackl during competition at Oberhof, Germany in 2005
Personal information
Nickname(s) Simon Hardt
Nationality German
Born (1966-09-09) 9 September 1966 (age 57)
Berchtesgaden, Bavaria,
 West Germany
Residence Bischofswiesen, Bavaria
Height 1.72 m
Weight 79 kg
Country  Germany
Sport Luge
Event(s) Men's singles, Men's doubles
Club RC Berchtesgaden
Coached by Germany Josef Lenz
Retired 2006
Medal record
Men's Luge
Representing  West Germany
and  Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1992 Albertville Men's singles
Gold 1994 Lillehammer Men's singles
Gold 1998 Nagano Men's singles
Silver 1988 Calgary Men's singles
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City Men's singles
World Championships
Gold 1989 Winterberg Men's singles
Gold 1990 Calgary Men's singles
Gold 1991 Winterberg Mixed team
Gold 1993 Calgary Mixed team
Gold 1995 Lillehammer Mixed team
Gold 1997 Igls Men's singles
Gold 2000 St. Moritz Mixed team
Gold 2001 Calgary Mixed team
Gold 2003 Sigulda Mixed team
Gold 2005 Park City Mixed team
Silver 1987 Igls Men's doubles
Silver 1991 Winterberg Men's singles
Silver 1993 Calgary Men's singles
Silver 1995 Lillehammer Men's singles
Silver 1996 Altenberg Men's singles
Silver 1996 Altenberg Mixed team
Silver 1997 Igls Mixed team
Silver 2001 Calgary Men's singles
Silver 2004 Nagano Men's singles
Silver 2005 Park City Men's singles
Bronze 1999 Königssee Mixed team
Bronze 2000 St. Moritz Men's singles
World Cup Championships
Gold 1988–89 Men's singles
Gold 1989–90 Men's singles
Silver 1986–87 Men's doubles
Silver 1987–88 Men's doubles
Silver 1990–91 Men's singles
Silver 1992–93 Men's singles
Silver 1998–99 Men's singles
Silver 2000–01 Men's singles
Silver 2002–03 Men's singles
Silver 2003–04 Men's singles
Silver 2004–05 Men's singles
Bronze 1985–86 Men's doubles
Bronze 1989–90 Men's doubles
Bronze 1991–92 Men's singles
Bronze 1993–94 Men's singles
Bronze 1995–96 Men's singles
Bronze 1999–2000 Men's singles
Bronze 2001–02 Men's singles
European Championships
Gold 1988 Königssee Men's singles
Gold 1990 Igls Men's singles
Gold 1988 Königssee Mixed team
Gold 1992 Winterberg Mixed team
Gold 1996 Sigulda Mixed team
Gold 2000 Winterberg Mixed team
Gold 2002 Altenberg Mixed team
Silver 1990 Igls Mixed team
Silver 1994 Königssee Men's singles
Silver 1994 Königssee Mixed team
Silver 2000 Winterberg Men's singles
Bronze 1992 Winterberg Men's singles
Men's Wok
World Wok Racing Championships
Gold 2004 Innsbruck Men's singles
Gold 2005 Winterberg Men's singles
Gold 2007 Innsbruck Men's singles
Gold 2008 Altenberg Men's singles
Gold 2009 Winterberg Men's singles
Gold 2010 Oberhof Men's singles
Gold 2011 Innsbruck Men's singles
Silver 2006 Innsbruck Men's singles
Silver 2008 Altenberg Four-man

Georg Hackl (often named: Hackl Schorsch, German pronunciation: [ˈhakl̩ ʃɔʁʃ]; born 9 September 1966) is a German former luger who was three time Olympic and World Champion. He is known affectionately as Hackl-Schorsch or as the Speeding Weißwurst a reference to what he looks like in his white bodysuit coming down the luge at fast speeds.


Hackl was born in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria. He took up luge as part of his physical education lessons whilst at school, learning to slide at the Königssee track.

Hackl was known for his rivalry with Markus Prock, with Prock being dominant in World Cup competition whilst Hackl consistently achieved success at the Winter Olympics. Although Hackl was not as natural an athlete as Prock, he was noted as being extremely skilled at setting up his sled to suit particular ice conditions on a given day. In addition his coach and former luger Thomas Schwab highlighted Hackl's mental strength as being key to his success.

He won his first Winter Olympic Games luge medal in 1988 in Calgary, when he finished second in the singles event, while placing fourth in the doubles. Four years later, he improved his performance to win the gold, a feat he repeated in 1994 and 1998. In 1998, he won the gold by clocking the fastest time in all four runs, the first in Olympic history in the men's singles to do so (Vera Zozula of the Soviet Union did that feat in the women's singles event at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York). That year he was named as German Sportsman of the Year. Hackl won the silver medal again in the 2002 Games, becoming the first Winter Olympian to win a medal in five consecutive Winter Olympics. Most recently, he placed 7th in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Hackl has retired from active participation and got involved in coaching after the 2006 Winter Olympics. He is responsible for a group of German lugers nicknamed the "Sunshine Training Group", alongside Patric Leitner, with Hackl having responsibility for their sleds. Members of the group include Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, who between them took a clean sweep of the gold medals in luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Hackl won a total of 22 medals at the FIL World Luge Championships, including ten golds (Men's singles: 1989, 1990, 1997; Mixed team: 1991, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005), ten silvers (Men's singles: 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2005; Men's doubles: 1987, Mixed team: 1996, 1997), and two bronzes (Men's singles: 2000, Mixed team: 1999).

At the FIL European Luge Championships, Hackl won twelve medals. This included seven golds (Men's singles: 1988, 1990; Mixed team: 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2002), four silvers (Men's singles: 1994, 2000; Mixed team: 1990, 1994), and one bronze (Men's singles: 1992).

He won the overall Luge World Cup title in men's singles twice (1988–9, 1989–90) and also had his best overall finish of second in men's doubles twice (1986–7, 1987–8).

Hackl is also a nine-time wok racing world champion.

He was inducted into the International Luge Federation's Hall of Fame in 2013.

In 1999, Hackl married his long-term girlfriend, Margit (née Datzmann).

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