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Tony Benshoof

Luge

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Birthdate: July 7, 1975 (Age 39)
Height / Weight: 6'1", 200lbs
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Resides in White Bear Lake, MN
www.tonybenshoof.com

FUN FACTS

  • Learn more about Tony by visiting his website, tonybenshoof.com
  • Tony’s favorite quote is "Ninety percent of life is just showing up."-- Winston Churchill
  • Tony’s favorite CD: "Livin’ and Dying in 3/4 time"-- Jimmy Buffett
  • Away from the sled, Tony expresses himself through photography, playing the guitar and playing the piano.
  • Tony has two brothers, Geno and Vince
BEST EVER RESULTS
  • Finished 18th in the World Championships in Lake Placid, NY
  • A Fall 2007 World Cup team relay gold medalist (Nov. 17)
  • 2009 Norton U.S. National Champion
  • Three-time Verizon North American champion (2000, 2001 & 2004)
  • Six-time Verizon U.S. National champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2005-06)
  • Set new Altenberg, Germany track record of 54.240 (Nov. 23, 2003)
  • A two-time fall 2003 Challenge Cup gold medalist (Altenberg, Germany, Park City, Utah)
  • Raced to eight medals in 2003-04 (2 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze)
  • A two-time (2004 & 2005) World Championship team event silver medalist, a 2001 world championship team event bronze medalist
  • USA Luge’s all-time singles leader in int’l medals won, 37 (6 gold, 11 silver, 20 bronze)
  • Included in 2002 Guinness World Records Book for establishing the highest-ever recorded luge speed (86.6 mph) on Oct. 16, 2001
  • Finished 17th at 2002 XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Finished fourth at the 2006 XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy
  • Finished eighth at the 2010 XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada
09-10 SEASON
  • 2010 Norton National Championships: 2nd place
  • Challenge Cup: 6th, 5th
  • Team Relay: 2nd, 7th
  • Overall World Cup Standing: 9th
  • 2009-10 World Cup Results: 6th, 10th, 10th, 9th, 13th, 13th, 11th, 5th