Who's Still Here
Surprise 2018 men's Olympic luge champion David Gleirscher took silver in the men's sprint competition at the 2020 World Championships, then won bronze medals in both the singles and sprint contest at 2021 Worlds. If January's 2022 European Championships are any indication, however, Gleirscher may have difficulty repeating his singles feat: He finished 16th in the event.
American Chris Mazdzer, who became the first U.S. men's singles luge medalist ever with silver in PyeongChang, dealt with a neck injury at the 2019 World Championships and only competed in doubles and the team relay. He took bronze in the mixed team event at the 2020 World Championships. At the 2021 World Championships, Mazdzer finished 10th in singles, his best singles finish since he was fourth in 2016.
Mazdzer originally planned to compete in both singles and doubles at the 2022 Winter Olympics. In late September, however, he broke his foot at a USA Luge national team training camp. Despite a tough season, Mazdzer squeaked into a singles berth -- but barely missed doubles with partner Jayson Terdiman.
Johannes Ludwig, the 2018 men's singles bronze medalist, is also still active. His most recent major medal was team relay silver at the 2022 European Championships, but the competition saw him finish 11th in singles.
Women's singles gold medalist Natalie Geisenberger has remained at the top of the sport since PyeongChang, picking up four World Championships medals. That includes gold in singles and the sprint competition and bronze in the team relay in 2019, and silver in singles in 2021. She also won gold at the 2022 European Championships. Geisenberger's German teammate Dajana Eitberger, the 2018 silver medalist, has added up three Worlds medals: bronze in the sprint event in 2019 and 2021, and bronze in singles in 2021.
In doubles, two-time men's gold medalists Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt are still competing together. They took silver in doubles at the 2019 and 2021 World Championships, and bronze in 2020. Weeks ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Germans finished second at the European Championships ...
... right behind fellow countrymen Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, who previously earned doubles bronze in PyeongChang. Eggert/Benecken also won gold in doubles at the 2019, 2020, and 2021 World Championships. Look for a potential nail-biting, one-two finish between the German duos.
Women's singles silver medalist Alex Gough, of Canada, retired in December 2018.
Peter Penz and Georg Fischler, the silver medal-wining men's doubles team, retired from competition in August 2018.