|Birth Date:||November 6, 1957|
Canada's high-performance luge athletes have had Bernhard Glass in their coaching arsenal over the last two Olympic cycles as an assistant coach to Wolfgang Staudinger.
Glass, who has collected Olympic and World Championship gold medals both as an athlete and coach of the world-dominant German Luge Team, reunited with his countryman Wolfgang Staudinger with a goal to lead Canada to its first Olympic medal in the sport. They came close in 2014 after leading the Canadian luge troops to three fourths, and a fifth-place finish. There remains only one more step to take.
The Canadian luge program has made significant progress under the leadership of the German duo to where they are now regular contenders with the world's elite.
As an athlete, Glass was a mainstay on the international podium during his 13-year career, and captured Olympic and World Championship gold in men's singles luge during the 1980 season. Glass has been even more successful as a coach, developing more than one dozen athletes who went on to become Olympic medallists - including Silke Krausshaar, Tatjana Huefner, David Moeller, Andre Florschuetz, and Torsten Wustlich in luge; and many lugers who found success in bobsleigh, including legends in the sport Andre Lange, Sandra Kiriasis, and Claudia Schramm.
The Germans have dominated the sport throughout history – thanks in large part – to their access and expertise in technology and knowledge of the tracks around the world.
Glass has brought this knowledge with him to Canada where he has played a critical role in driving the nation’s medal-winning performances in the sport for much of the last decade.