Anna Berreiter (born 3 September 1999) is a German luger. She is the youngest woman to win a Luge World Cup race.
Berreiter started luge when she was eight years old. She is a member of the RC Berchtesgaden club.
Youth and junior career
Berreiter represented her country at various age categories. She made her debut in the Youth-A World Cup in December 2015 in her home track Königssee. She finished the first race in second-place while her teammates completed all-German top 5. After a mediocre ninth-place in Innsbruck, she won the other two races of the season in Altenberg and Oberhof. In the following season, Berreiter was promoted to the Junior World Cup but she was unable to fully match her impressive youth performance in her new age group. She was 16th in her first race in Innsbruck, and finished 5th and 6th respectively in Oberhof and Winterberg.
In 2017/18 season, after fifth-place finishes at the opening two races in Oberhof, Berreiter was runner-up to Jessica Tiebel in Königssee and reached her first podium in junior level. In the following two races in Innsbruck she achieved two more podium results by finishing third in both. She was 6th in the last World Cup race of the season in Winterberg, which was also the Junior European Championships, and finished the season in third-place in the overall standings behind Cheyenne Rosenthal and Lisa Schulte. At the 2018 Junior World Chamionships in Altenberg, Berreiter missed the medals and finished 5th despite recording the 2nd best time in her second run.
Berreiter made a very successful start to her last junior season by winning the two sigles races in Park City, as well as the two team relay races. In the following race in Calgary she was second by only 0.002 seconds, and she grabbed her fourth consecutive junior World Cup podium at the Junior European Championship race in St. Moritz with a third-place finish. She was behind two other European athletes and therefore won the bronze medal, which was her first ever international medal in any age group. In the team relay, she won the European title with her teammates David Nößler, Hannes Orlamünder and Paul Gubitz. In the Junior World Cup tour; Berreiter was the overall leader by 69 points before the season finale in Oberhof but she gave away the title to Tatiana Tcvetova after crashing out in the first run, and dropped to third-place in the overall rankings.
2019/20 season: World Cup debut and first victory
Berreiter advanced to the German senior World Cup team in 2019/20 season following the retirement of Tatjana Hüfner and the maternity leaves of the Olympic medalists Natalie Geisenberger and Dajana Eitberger. She made her World Cup debut on 23 November 2019 in Innsbruck, the first race of the season, and finished the race in seventh-place. Before the third stage of the season in Whistler, Berreiter - as a newcomer - had to qualify for the main race through the Nations Cup due to her lack of sufficient World Cup points from the previous races. In Whistler, despite her little experience in North American tracks, she was able to win the Nations Cup race and earned her first success in senior level. In the singles race she finished second to Tatiana Ivanova and reached the first World Cop podium of her career in her 3rd ever World Cup singles race. She followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the sprint race which was her seasons best in this discipline.
On 2 February 2020, Berreiter celebrated her first World Cup victory in Oberhof. She became the youngest ever female luger to win a World Cup race at the age of 20 years and 152 days, overtooking Natalie Geisenberger who won her first race when she was 20 years and 313 days. After setting the fastest time in both of the runs in the singles race, Berreiter earned her spot in the team relay squad and helped Germany to capture their first team relay victory of the season.
All results are sourced from the International Luge Federation (FIL) and German Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Federation (BSD).
U23 World Championships
Junior World Championships
Junior European Championships
- 2018 Winterberg – 6th in Singles
- 2019 Oberhof – in Singles