Elvira Holzknecht

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Elvira Holzknecht Luge
nation AustriaAustria Austria
birthday September 27, 1973
discipline Single seater
society SV Längenfeld
status resigned
End of career 2003
Medal table
World championships 0 × gold 2 × silver 1 × bronze
European championships 0 × gold 2 × silver 2 × bronze
Junior European Championship 2 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
FIL Natural Track Luge World Championships
silver Bad Goisern 1992 Single seater
silver Oberperfuss 1996 Single seater
bronze Olang 2000 Single seater
FIL European Natural Track Luge Championships
bronze Stein an der Enns 1993 Single seater
bronze Kandalaksha 1995 Single seater
silver Moos in Passeier 1997 Single seater
silver Szczyrk 1999 Single seater
FIL Natural track toboggan junior European Championship
gold Železniki 1990 Single seater
gold Kandalaksha 1991 Single seater
silver Rod 1992 Single seater
Placements in the Natural Track Luge World Cup
 World Cup victories 16
 Overall World Cup ES 1. ( 1994/1995 , 1997/1998 ,
1998/1999 )
Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
 Single seater 16 7th 7th

Elvira Holzknecht (born September 27, 1973 ) is a former Austrian natural track tobogganist . She was twice junior European champion and won four silver and three bronze medals at world and European championships . In the World Cup , she was the most successful natural track tobogganer of the 1990s with three overall victories and 16 victories in world cup races .


Holzknecht celebrated her first international successes at the Junior European Championships , in which she participated from 1989 to 1992. After a fifth place in 1989 in Bruck an der Großglocknerstrasse , she became European Junior Champion in 1990 in Železniki and in 1991 in Kandalakscha . In 1992 she achieved second place in Stange . From 1992 she also took part in championships in the general class and was successful there from the start. She won the silver medal at the 1992 World Championships in Bad Goisern and the bronze medal at the 1993 European Championships in Stein an der Enns . In the World Cup , which was held for the first time in the 1992/1993 season , Holzknecht was one of the best from the start. She won the second World Cup race in Rautavaara , achieved two third places at the end of the season and finished the first World Cup season in third place overall. In 1993 Holzknecht became Austrian champion in single-seater for the first time, which she had achieved four more times by 2000.

After she had not made a World Cup podium in the 1993/1994 season and was also fifth behind the medal ranks at the 1994 World Cup , Holzknecht won all four World Cup races in the 1994/1995 season , thus winning the overall World Cup for the first time. In addition to the World Cup, she also won the European Cup, which was held for the last time in 1995 . At the European Championships in 1995 in Kandalakscha , however, she had to admit defeat to her compatriot Irene Zechner and the Russian Lyubow Panjutina . In the 1995/1996 World Cup season , Holzknecht was third overall with two wins and one third place; in the 1996/1997 season she fell back to fifth overall with a win, a second and a third place. At the 1996 World Championships in Oberperfuss and the 1997 European Championships in Moos in Passeier , she won the silver medal.

In the 1997/1998 season , Holzknecht achieved four victories in six races, with which she won the overall World Cup for the second time. For this achievement she was awarded the Silver Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria . In the 1998/1999 season, too , she won the overall standings with two wins and two second places, just five points ahead of Italian Sonja Steinacher . In the next winter Steinacher achieved four World Cup victories, which meant that Holzknecht, who won two races, was three times second and once third, i.e. finished on the podium in all six races of the season, relegating her to second place in the overall World Cup by 15 points. At the 1998 World Cup in Rautavaara , Holzknecht only finished fifth. At the 1999 European Championships in Szczyrk and the 2000 World Championships in Olang , she won two medals in second and third respectively.

On December 27, 2000, Elvira Holzknecht suffered an open ankle fracture in an elimination race in South Tyrol, which is why she was canceled for the entire 2000/2001 World Cup season. The next World Cup season began, still affected by her injury, with two seventh places. After that she was able to improve again with three placements in the top five; in the overall World Cup she was sixth. At the European Championships in 2002 in Frantschach-Sankt Gertraud , she finished seventh, as well as in her last major event, the World Championships in 2003 in Železniki. Holzknecht was unable to take part in the first World Cup race of the 2002/2003 season because she injured her hand with the runners of her toboggan. In the other five World Cup races that winter, she made it onto the podium three times, finishing fourth in the overall World Cup. Holzknecht ended her career after that winter.


World championships

European championships

Junior European Championships

World cup

date place country
January 24, 1993 Inzing Austria
January 22, 1995 Negaunee United States
January 29, 1995 Olang Italy
5th February 1995 Kreuth Germany
February 12, 1995 Stein on the Enns Austria
December 27, 1995 Rautavaara Finland
February 11, 1996 * pole Italy
December 22, 1996 Rautavaara Finland
November 23, 1997 Soelden Austria
January 23, 1998 Oberperfuss Austria
January 25, 1998 Oberperfuss Austria
February 15, 1998 Mölten Italy
December 6, 1998 Soelden Austria
February 7, 1999 Aurach Austria
December 19, 1999 Oberperfuss Austria
February 13, 2000 Stein on the Enns Austria

* at the same time as Irene Zechner

Austrian championships

  • Five-time Austrian single-seater champion (1993, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000)



  • Harald Steyrer, Herbert Wurzer, Egon Theiner: 50 years FIL 1957 - 2007. The history of the International Luge Federation in three volumes. Volume II, Egoth Verlag, Vienna 2007, ISBN 978-3-902480-46-0 , pp. 285-397.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ National champion in natural track tobogganing - Tyrolean winner. ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Tyrolean Toboggan Association, accessed on March 31, 2011 (PDF, 110 kB)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tiroler-rodelverband.at
  2. List of winners of the Medal of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria . Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  3. 2000/2001 season. Sandra Mariner: Diary from a tobogganing life, Sportunion Inzing Section Tobogganing, accessed on March 30, 2011
  4. 4th Red Bull World Cup on natural track in Umhausen / AUT. International Luge Federation , January 13, 2001, accessed on March 31, 2011
  5. Red Bull Natural Track World Cup: Qualification race. International Luge Federation , December 20, 2002, accessed March 31, 2011
  6. Natural track: Italian double victory at the RED BULL World Cup opener in Olang (ITA) on a shortened route. International Luge Federation , December 12, 2003, accessed March 31, 2011