Sigulda (RWH) Willi Schneider is the new coach of the russian skeleton team. In Sigulda (Latvia) the former skeleton pilot from Germany signed a contract for two years with the Russian Bobsleigh and Skeleton federation, as was announced in a federation’s press release. Together with the 50-years-old Thomas Platzer (43) joins the Russian team on it’s way to the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi.
In the nineties, Willi Schneider was one of the most successful skeleton athletes. 1998 he was World Champion and won the Overall World Cup.
Later Willi Schneider coached the Canadian skeleton national team and won three Olympic medals in Torino 2006 (gold for Duff Gibson, silver for Jeff Pain and bronze for Mellisa Hollingsworth), as well as gold for Jon Montgomery 2010 in Vancouver. Thomas Platzer was bobsleigh push athlete and skeleton pilot, in the four-man-bob of pilot Christoph Langen (GER) he was European Champion 1999 and won World Championships silver 2000. As skeleton pilot he narrowly missed a medal as fourth of the 1990 World Championships. After his athlete’s career Thomas Platzer worked for the German Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge Federation (Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland, BSD).