Former world luge champion dies at age of 57
- Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Germany's former luge world champion Michael Walter has passed away.
Walter, who competed in two Winter Olympic Games, died in Annaberg-Buchholz, aged 57.
He won two medals in the men's singles event at the International Luge Federation (FIL) World Luge Championships, a gold in 1985 and a silver in 1981.
Walter also won two medals at the FIL European Luge Championships, a silver in the mixed team event in 1988 and a bronze in the men's singles event in 1986.
He also won the men's singles Luge World Cup overall title in the 1983-1984 season.
Walter also competed in two Winter Olympics for East Germany and was a reserve at a third.
His best finish at the Winter Olympics was fourth in the men's singles event at Sarajevo in 1984.