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Lutz Heßlich (born 17 January 1959) is a former racing cyclist from East Germany.[1]

Lutz Heßlich
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Lutz Heßlich, 1988
Personal information
Born (1959-01-17) 17 January 1959 (age 60)
Ortrand, Brandenburg, Germany

He competed for East Germany in the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, Soviet Union in the individual sprint event where he finished in first place. He missed the 1984 Summer Olympics due to the Soviet led boycott but returned to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea where he won a second gold medal in the individual sprint.[2] In October 1986, he was awarded a Star of People's Friendship in gold (second class) for his sporting success.[3]

Private lifeEdit

Lutz Heßlich lives with his family in Cottbus where since 1989 he has run a bicycle shop.[4]

His great grandfather, Walter Heßlich, was also a racing cyclist and his son Nico has embarked on a career as a competition racing cyclist in 2008.


  1. ^ Klaus Gallinat; Olaf W. Reimann. "Heßlich, Lutz * 17.1.1959 Leistungssportler (Radrennsport)" (in German). Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur: Biographische Datenbanken. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Lutz Heßlich Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Hohe staatliche Auszeichnungen verliehen" [Awarded high state awards]. Neues Deutschland (in German). 42 (243). 15 October 1986. p. 6. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Fahrradcenter Heßlich, Cottbus". Fahrradcenter Heßlich GmbH (Vertretung Lutz Heßlich). Retrieved 13 May 2015.