Toboggan hero Ludwig leaves sporting future open

Luge racer Johannes Ludwig left his sporting future open after winning the Olympics in Beijing. “The decision hasn’t been made yet, so I’m deliberately taking my time,” said the 35-year-old from Thuringia after his triumph in Yanqing late on Sunday evening.

The German teammates and national coach Norbert Loch hoped that the late bloomer’s career would continue, among other things, with a view to the 2023 World Cup on Ludwig’s home track in Oberhof. But the father of two wants to make the decision calmly and at a distance.

“There is also a family behind me who also has to support me and who have always supported me unconditionally. It’s not always easy for them either,” explained Ludwig.

Youngster Max Langenhan, who claims to have learned a lot from Ludwig in his young career, was certain: “After a season like this, he persuades himself to continue. He won’t miss the World Cup. After a triumph like this, you keep going , you don’t stop there,” said the 22-year-old.

National coach Norbert Loch is also optimistic. “I think he wants to have a proper farewell at the World Cup on his home track, then he’ll have to hang in there for another year,” said the 59-year-old, but at the same time said: “Maybe he’ll also say: Now is the highlight, now can I resign.”


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