|birthday||February 18, 1983|
|place of birth||Sterzing|
|National squad||since 2003|
|End of career||2010/2011|
|Placements in the Natural Track Luge World Cup|
Matthias Rainer (born February 18, 1983 in Sterzing ) is a former Italian natural track luge . He was a member of the Italian national team from 2003 to 2009, won a World Cup race and once the overall ranking in the Intercontinental Cup.
Rainer took part in the Junior European Championships in 2001 and 2003 . In 2001 he was seventh in Tiers and in 2003 in Kreuth , at the same time as his compatriot Michael Folie , sixth. In the general class, however, he never took part in international championships.
From the 2004/2005 season , Rainer started in the World Cup . In his first race on January 9, 2005 in Unterammergau , he reached fifth place. After finishing seventh and eleventh, he surprisingly celebrated his first and only World Cup victory in his fourth World Cup race on January 23, 2005 in Latzfons . With a ninth place at the finals in Olang , he achieved fifth place in the overall World Cup and thus his best overall result in his first season. In the 2005/2006 season, however, Rainer was mainly used in the Intercontinental Cup, which he won with two victories in Jesenice and St. Sebastian and another two podium places ahead of his compatriot Leo Breitenberger . In the World Cup he only contested two races this winter and his best result was a seventh place at the final in Oberperfuss .
After his success in the Intercontinental Cup, Rainer was again an integral part of the Italian World Cup team in the 2006/2007 season . However, he did not come close to the results of two years ago. With a total of four top 10 results and a sixth place in Longiarü as the best result, he finished tenth in the overall World Cup. He was able to improve a little in the 2007/2008 season , in which he achieved eighth place in the overall World Cup with a fifth place in Latsch , three seventh and one eighth place.
At the beginning of the 2008/2009 World Cup season , Rainer was seriously injured in St. Sebastian, which is why he had to take a break for the entire season. Even after that, Rainer did not take part in any competitions. In the 2010/2011 season he officially announced his retirement from natural tobogganing because of persistent health problems with his injured knee.
Junior European Championships
- 2004/2005 season : 5th overall place in the single-seater
- 2006/2007 season : 10th place overall in single-seater
- 2007/2008 season : 8th place overall in the single-seater
- One win and another two places in the top five
- Matthias Rainer ( Memento of the original from March 1, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on the website of the ASC rod. Retrieved March 10, 2011
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Italian natural track toboggan runner|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 18, 1983|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sterzing , Italy|