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Natalie Geisenberger
Sport: Luge
Birthdate: February 5, 1988
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Residence: Berchtesgaden, Germany
Ht: / Wt: 6'0" / 169 lbs
Event: Women's Singles
Natalie Geisenberger
Natalie Geisenberger

Fast-tracked
Geisenberger already has had success on the Olympic track: she won the Whistler stop on the World Cup circuit. Said Geisenberger of the Whistler track, "This track is very good for us but maybe not for other nations because they don't react as fast." She says that she hopes she can hold up mentally over two days of Olympic competition -- but is quick to point out that she'll have to work hard just to get to Vancouver, considering the depth of the German program.

Giving back
Geisenberger is active in animal rights organizations in Germany. She donated some of her clothing and equipment for a charity auction to benefit an animal shelter in her hometown of Miesbach, a city south of Munich. The proceeds were used for animal food and veterinary costs, and some estimates have the proceeds at nearly 5,000 euros. Former German Alpine skier, Olympic medalist Christa Kinshofer, presented Geisenberger with a good luck teddy bear at the event. In 2009, she participated in the "Long Night of Sports," a charity event to promote reading, running 10km on a treadmill.

Germany's 'Blonde Bombshell'
Geisenberger has vacationed in style with the top athletes in Germany, has taken cooking classes with a star German chef and has been photographed by some of Germany's top photographers. She is, like many of Germany's athletes, a soldier in the army, but she has been given the year leading up to Vancouver to devote completely to luge. Geisenberger is a hero in her hometown, has had parades and receptions held in her honor and is considered an ambassador for the region. During the summers, she usually trains on a wooden sled on the dirt pathways of Miesbach, but in preparation for Vancouver, the team relocated to Ibiza for conditioning and team buildling.



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As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.

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