Luge Canada

Wolfgang Staudinger

National Team Head Coach
Birth Date:September 8, 1963
Hometown:Berchtesgaden, Germany
Residence:Calgary, AB

Wolfgang Staudinger (nicknamed Staudi) returned to lead the Canadian Luge Team for a second time in 2007. Since taking head coaching reigns he has helped guide the program to medal-winning results at the World Championships and World Cups – not to mention an unprecedented, three fourths and a fifth-place, performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Wolfgang brings a list of accomplishments, both as an athlete and coach with the German program, as long as the track his athletes train and compete on. While sliding for Germany between 1978 and 1989, he claimed an Olympic bronze medal, won gold at the European Championships, bronze at the World Championships, and racked up numerous World Cup performances during his illustrious career. 

After retiring in 1989, Staudinger moved to Canada for the first time to coach the national team for three years. His career as a coach has since taken off over the last two decades where he has worked with some of the top luge athletes in Canada, the United States and Germany. 

Staudinger has brought a level of consistency to the Canadian program, and has established a baseline on the equipment side, and has adopted world-leading technology that has made teams like the Germans so successful. 

Staudinger is married to Marie-Claude Doyon, who won a World Cup bronze medal for the Canadian Luge Team in 1987, and has one daughter, Rebecca.