Silke Kraushaar-Pielach

Silke Kraushaar-Pielach

Silke Kraushaar-Pielach (center) meeting with fans during the 2008 FIL World Luge Championships in Oberhof, Germany.

Silke Kraushaar-Pielach (born Silke Kraushaar on 10 October 1970 in Sonneberg, Thuringia) is a German luger who competed from 1995 to 2008. In June 2008, she was named sports manager for the luge section of Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland (BSD - German bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton federation).

Sporting career

Competing in three Winter Olympics, Kraushaar-Pielach won a complete set of medals in the women's singles event with a gold in 1998 (when she beat her team-mate Barbara Niedernhuber by 2 thousandths of a second), a silver in 2006, and a bronze in 2002.

She also won ten medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with four golds (Women's singles: 2004, Mixed team: 2000, 2001, 2007), four silvers (Women's singles: 2000, 2001; Mixed team: 1997, 1999), and two bronze (Women's singles: 2007, 2008).

Kraushaar-Pielach won ten medals at the FIL European Luge Championships, including seven golds (Women's singles: 1998, 2004, 2006; Mixed team: 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006) and three silvers (Women's singles: 2000, 2002, 2008).

She also won the overall Luge World Cup five times (1998-9, 2000-1, 2001-2, 2005-6, 2006-7). Kraushaar-Pielach started her last season off with a win in the women's singles event at Lake Placid, New York on November 16, 2007. Her last race in Sigulda, Latvia on February 16, 2008 saw her finishing third, the same place where she won her first World Cup event on November 30, 1996.

Sports official

In June 2008, Kraushaar-Pielach was named manager of the luge section of the BSD, the German bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton federation.

Personal life

She married German businessman Michael Pielach on July 7, 2006. It was announced on FIL's website on January 24, 2008 that her sled that she had competing with until 1995 has been auctioned off on the German version of eBay from January 19-26. Kraushaar-Pielach states that the proceeds from the auction will be used to benefit young luge. The sled sold for 1160 and the proceeds went to her sledding club in Oberhof.


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