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Walter Plaikner

Walter Plaikner
Medal record
Men's Luge
Competitor for  Italy
Olympic Games
Gold 1972 Sapporo Men's doubles
World Championships
Gold 1971 Olang Men's doubles
Bronze 1973 Oberhof Men's doubles
European Championships
Gold 1971 Imst Men's doubles
Gold 1974 Imst Men's doubles

Walter Plaikner (born 24 October 1951 in Kiens, South Tyrol) is an Italian national of Austrian descent former luger who competed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He won the gold medal in the men's doubles event (shared with East Germany) at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo.

Plaikner won two medals in the men's doubles events at the FIL World Luge Championships with a gold in 1971 and a bronze in 1973. He also won two gold medals in the men's doubles event at the FIL European Luge Championships (1971, 1974).

As of 2007, Plaikner is Chairman of the Technical Commission for Artificial Track of the International Luge Federation (FIL). He is also head coach of the Italian national luge team.


  • information on Plaikner
  • FIL Executive committee featuring Plaikner
  • December 14, 2006 article on Plaikner's visit to the Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler, BC. - accessed March 8, 2008.
  • Fuzilogik Sports - Winter Olympic results - Men's luge
  • results on Olympic champions in luge and skelton.
  • Hickok sports information on World champions in luge and skeleton.
  • List of European luge champions (German)
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