East Germany at the 1972 Winter Olympics

East Germany (German Democratic Republic) competed at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.

East Germany at the
1972 Winter Olympics
Flag of East Germany.svg
IOC codeGDR
NOCNational Olympic Committee of the GDR
in Sapporo
Competitors42 (29 men, 13 women) in 7 sports
Flag bearerKlaus Bonsack (luge)
Medals
Ranked 2nd
Gold
4
Silver
3
Bronze
7
Total
14
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Germany (1928–1936, 1952, 1992–)
 United Team of Germany (1956–1964)

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event
  Gold Wolfgang Scheidel Luge Men's individual
  Gold Horst Hörnlein
Reinhard Bredow
Luge Men's doubles
  Gold Anna-Maria Müller Luge Women's individual
  Gold Ulrich Wehling Nordic combined Men's individual
  Silver Hansjörg Knauthe Biathlon Men's 20 km
  Silver Harald Ehrig Luge Men's individual
  Silver Ute Rührold Luge Women's individual
  Bronze Hansjörg Knauthe
Joachim Meischner
Dieter Speer
Horst Koschka
Biathlon Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
  Bronze Manuela Groß
Uwe Kagelmann
Figure skating Pairs
  Bronze Wolfram Fiedler Luge Men's individual
  Bronze Klaus-Michael Bonsack
Wolfram Fiedler
Luge Men's doubles
  Bronze Margit Schumann Luge Women's individual
  Bronze Karl-Heinz Luck Nordic combined Men's individual
  Bronze Rainer Schmidt Ski jumping Men's large hill

BiathlonEdit

Men
Event Athlete Time Penalties Adjusted time 1 Rank
20 km Horst Koschka 1'17:24.58 5 1'22:24.58 20
Günther Bartnick 1'16:01.73 5 1'21:01.73 15
Dieter Speer 1'13:43.63 7 1'20:43.63 13
Hansjörg Knauthe 1'15:07.60 1 1'16:07.60  
1 One minute added per close miss (a hit in the outer ring), two minutes added per complete miss.
Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 2 Time Rank
Hansjörg Knauthe
Joachim Meischner
Dieter Speer
Horst Koschka
4 1'54:57.67  
2 A penalty loop of 200 metres had to be skied per missed target.

Cross-country skiingEdit

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km Rainer Groß 48:05.86 26
Gerd Heßler 48:04.15 25
Gert-Dietmar Klause 46:34.40 13
Axel Lesser 46:17.01 6
30 km Eberhard Klessen 1'43:15.99 27
Gerd Heßler 1'41:37.47 18
Axel Lesser 1'39:49.24 12
Gert-Dietmar Klause 1'39:15.54 8
50 km Rainer Groß 2'50:16.91 18
Eberhard Klessen 2'49:53.01 16
Gert-Dietmar Klause 2'46:17.43 9
Men's 4 × 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Gerd Heßler
Axel Lesser
Gerhard Grimmer
Gert-Dietmar Klause
2'10:03.73 6
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
5 km Christine Phillip 18:17.02 30
Anni Unger 18:13.19 28
Gabriele Haupt 17:55.04 20
Renate Fischer-Köhler 17:41.07 14
10 km Christine Phillip 37:51.76 31
Anni Unger 36:45.24 20
Gabriele Haupt 36:38.41 18
Renate Fischer-Köhler 35:46.96 9
Women's 3 × 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Gabriele Haupt
Renate Fischer-Köhler
Anni Unger
50:28.45 5

Figure skatingEdit

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Jan Hoffmann 4 10 2567.6 55 6
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Christine Errath 11 5 2489.3 78 8
Sonja Morgenstern 8 3 2579.4 53 6
Pairs
Athletes SP FS Points Places Rank
Annette Kansy
Axel Salzmann
7 8 392.6 68 8
Manuela Groß
Uwe Kagelmann
3 3 411.8 29  

LugeEdit

Men
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Wolfram Fiedler 53.04 6 52.55 3 51.61 3 51.77 3 3:28.73  
Klaus-Michael Bonsack 52.98 3 52.72 4 51.54 1 51.92 5 3:29.16 4
Harald Ehrig 52.60 2 52.32 2 51.74 4 51.73 2 3:28.39  
Wolfgang Scheidel 52.17 1 52.06 1 51.58 2 51.53 1 3:27.58  

(Men's) Doubles

Athletes Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Horst Hörnlein
Reinhard Bredow
44.27 2 44.08 1 1:28.35  
Klaus-Michael Bonsack
Wolfram Fiedler
44.69 3 44.47 3 1:29.16  
Women
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Anna-Maria Müller 45.00 3 45.00 1 44.86 3 44.32 1 2:59.18  
Ute Rührold 44.95 1 45.23 2 44.76 2 44.55 2 2:59.49  
Margit Schumann 44.95 1 45.38 3 44.65 1 44.56 3 2:59.54  

Nordic combinedEdit

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (Three jumps, best two counted and shown here.)
  • 15 km cross-country skiing
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country Total
Distance 1 Distance 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Karl-Heinz Luck Individual 69.5 74.0 178.8 17 48:24.9 220.000 1 398.800  
Hans Hartleb 74.0 73.0 183.9 11 52:14.2 185.605 28 369.505 18
Ulrich Wehling 78.0 76.5 200.9 4 49:15.3 212.440 3 413.340  
Günter Deckert 78.5 83.0 183.4 12 50:41.1 199.570 10 385.970 9

Ski jumpingEdit

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Distance Points Points Rank
Hans-Georg Aschenbach Normal hill 74.0 103.1 69.5 95.4 198.5 31
Manfred Wolf 77.5 109.2 81.0 (fall) 85.8 195.0 38
Henry Glaß 78.0 109.5 73.5 102.3 211.8 18
Rainer Schmidt 80.5 114.5 75.0 102.7 217.2 15
Heinz Wosipiwo Large hill 82.0 74.3 87.0 85.3 159.6 39
Henry Glaß 91.0 97.9 84.0 85.1 183.0 20
Rainer Schmidt 98.5 106.4 101.0 112.9 219.3  
Manfred Wolf 107.0 120.3 89.5 94.8 215.1 5

Speed skatingEdit

Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Ruth Budzisch-Schleiermacher 45.78 13
1000 m Ruth Budzisch-Schleiermacher 1:52.65 (fall) 33
Rosemarie Taupadel 1:33.79 12
1500 m Rosemarie Taupadel 2:22.35 5
3000 m Rosemarie Taupadel 5:12.85 15

ReferencesEdit