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Günther Huber

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGünther Johann•Huber
Used nameGünther•Huber
Born28 October 1965 in Brunico, Bolzano-Bozen (ITA)
Measurements177 cm / 89 kg
AffiliationsC. S. Carabinieri, (ITA)
NOC(s) Italy

Biography

Like his brothers, Günther Huber began his career as a luger with his best result being a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in his specialty, doubles in 1982. He switched to bobsledding as a pilot in 1988 , stating he was “tired of losing against the brothers.” In this new discipline he achieved all his best results. He participated in four consecutive Winter Olympics, winning the bronze medal in the two-man bobsled together with Stefano Ticci in 1994. At the same Olympics, his brothers Wilfried and Norbert also took home medals, while Arnold had to settle for fourth place. At Nagano in 1998 Günther Huber won gold in the two-man with brakeman Antonio Tartaglia, tied with the Canadian crew of Pierre Lueders.

During his career Huber won two medals at World Championships, both in the two-man, a silver medal in 1997 with Tartaglia and the gold medal in 1999. This success came after a disastrous period, which started four months prior with the theft of his bob, continued with injuries to his long-time partner Tartaglia and substitute Massimiliano Rota, and ultimately ended with another injury to replacement Enrico Costa, who had to be replaced by Ubaldo Ranzi. In the World Cup Huber made the podium for the first time in the 1991-92 season with a third place in St. Moritz in the two-man and in the same event he achieved his first World Cup victory in the following season in Lillehammer. In the overall standings he won the trophy in his specialty, the two-man, in the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons, while in 1996-97 he won the combined World Cup. At the European Championships Huber won another six medals, two of them gold, one each in the two-man and four-man event. Between 1991 and 2001 he won seven national titles in the two-man and one in the four-man bob.

Huber was a member of the Carabinieri, the national military police of Italy, and became bobsled coach for the Italian national team in 2008. He was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit of the Army twice (1994, 1999) and the Gold Cross of Merit in 1998.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1992 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Two, Men Olympic Stefano Ticci 5 ITA Günther Huber
  Four, Men Olympic Italy 2 15
1994 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Two, Men Olympic Stefano Ticci 3 Bronze ITA Günther Huber
  Four, Men Olympic Italy 2 9
1998 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Two, Men Olympic Antonio Tartaglia =1 Gold ITA Günther Huber
  Four, Men Olympic Italy 1 14
2002 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Two, Men Olympic Antonio Tartaglia 8 ITA Günther Huber

Olympic family relations

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