John Gibson (natural track luge)

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John Gibson Luge
nation CanadaCanada Canada
birthday July 14, 1980
place of birth Calgary
discipline Single seater
National squad since 1997
status active
Placements in the Natural Track Luge World Cup
 Debut in the World Cup January 16, 2000
 Overall World Cup ES 19. ( 2000/2001 , 2008/2009 )
last change: March 5, 2012

John Gibson (born July 14, 1980 in Calgary , Alberta ) is a Canadian natural track luge . He only drives in a single-seater and is one of the most successful athletes in his country. He has been competing in the World Cup since 2000, where he has been in the top 20 13 times so far, as well as at World Championships , where he has been in the top 20 twice so far.


John Gibson started in 1999 at the Junior World Championships in Hüttau , where he finished 30th but only the penultimate place. A year later he made his debut in the World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen . The best result of his first season was the 21st place at the finals in Fénis , which made him 25th in the overall World Cup, tied with Corey Pusey, the best of the five Canadians who won World Cup points that year. In the 2000/2001 season he finished 19 and 20 in the last two races in Moscow and Hüttau for the first time among the fastest 20 and thus achieved 19th place in the overall World Cup, which remained his best overall placement for a long time. Again he was the best Canadian overall. Since Gibson has been participating in world cup races, he has also competed in the world championships . At the 2000 World Championships in Olang he achieved 38th place and a year later in Stein an der Enns as the best Canadian, 22nd place.

In the 2001/2002 season , the entire Canadian national team only took part in the last two World Cup races in Hüttau and Železniki . Gibson finished 25th and 29th and dropped to 38th place in the overall World Cup due to his only two starts. The next winter he again took part in all six world cup races. He drove five times under the fastest 25, achieved 20th place in Kindberg as the best result and was also 20th in the overall World Cup. For the first time since he started in the World Cup, he was not the best Canadian this year, because Corey Pusey reached 17th overall . At the 2003 World Championships in Železniki Gibson came in 26th. In the 2003/2004 season , Gibson was among the fastest 20 in three World Cup races, with 17th place in the season finale in Aurach, his best ever World Cup result. In the first World Cup race that was held in his home country Canada, he finished 19th. In the overall World Cup, he nevertheless fell one place to 21st. This winter, the Canadian took part in a European Championship for the only time , but only achieved 33rd place. Like all Canadians, Gibson only contested three World Cup races in Oberperfuss and Latzfons in the 2004/2005 season . With two 20th and one 21st place he achieved 24th place in the overall World Cup, tied with Russian Pawel Porschnew , making him the best Canadian for the first time in three years. At the 2005 World Championships in Latsch , like at the last World Championships, he finished 26th and was again second-best of the Canadian team behind Corey Pusey, who was 21st.

In the 2005/2006 season , Gibson competed in four World Cup races and was able to repeat his best ever World Cup result with 17th place in the first of the two World Cup races in the Canadian Grande Prairie . In the overall World Cup he was the best Canadian again as 26th, but for the last time to date. In the winter of 2006/2007 , the entire Canadian team took part only in the World Cup race in Longiarü , where Gibson took 27th place. A month later, the first world championship in Canada and also the first outside of Europe took place in Grande Prairie . After extensive training on the World Cup course, the Canadians hoped for and achieved good results. Gibson achieved 16th place in the race, breaking the old records of Wolfgang Schröttner ( 1992 ) and Corey Pusey (2003 and 2005), who had achieved the best results for Canadian natural track tobogganers in single-seater championships with their 21st place. His team-mate Kaj Johnson was even faster and reached eleventh place.

After Gibson had participated in three World Cup races in the 2007/2008 season , twice under the fastest 20 and finished 30th in the overall ranking, he achieved his best ever World Cup result in the last race of the 2008/2009 season with 16th place in Nowouralsk . In the other four World Cup races in which he took part, he was never worse than 25th and, like eight years earlier, reached 19th place in the overall World Cup. At the 2009 World Championships in Moos in Passeier , Gibson was the best Canadian for the first time, finishing in 20th place. Kaj Johnson, who was stronger in the World Cup, only reached 25th place. Gibson started together with the two-seater couple Kaj Johnson and Greg Jones and Irma Karišik , who started for Bosnia and Herzegovina , in the team competition, where the team achieved ninth and penultimate place. In the 2009/2010 season , Gibson only took part in the two World Cup races in South Tyrol . He finished 18th and 24th and was 36th in the overall World Cup.

In the 2010/2011 season Gibson - like all Canadians - only took part in the fourth World Cup race in Kindberg, which he finished in 22nd position. He then started at the 2011 World Championships in Umhausen , where he finished 21st. In the 2011/2012 season , Gibson contested three of the six World Cup races, with a 21st place in Nova Ponente being his best result.


World championships

European championships

Junior World Championships

World cup

  • Three times among the top 20 in the overall single-seater World Cup
  • 13 top 20 placements in world cup races

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The world came together in Grande Prairie for the 2007 Natural Luge World Championships. In: Velocity . Newsletter of the Canadian Toboggan Association, March 2007, p. 1 (PDF, 734 kB, English).