Olympic luge champion Johannes Ludwig of Germany retires

OBERHOF, Germany -- Olympic champion Johannes Ludwig had the best luge season of his life, then decided that would be the perfect way to end his career.

The German veteran has announced his retirement from competitive sliding, doing so after winning two gold medals -- one in men's singles, the other in the team relay -- at the Beijing Games in February. He also was the overall World Cup champion this past season.

"A hard and successful path comes to an end," Ludwig said in his retirement announcement.

Ludwig spent three decades competing in luge. The 36-year-old said he will remain connected to the sport as an ambassador for next season's world championships on his home track in Oberhof.