Wolfgang Scheidel (born 1 March 1943) is an East German former luger who won the gold medal in the men's singles event at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. He also won three medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with one gold in the men's doubles (1965) and two bronzes in the men's singles (1969, 1970). He won a pair of silver medals in the men's singles event at the FIL European Luge Championships (1970, 1971).[1]

Wolfgang Scheidel
Scheidel on a stamp of Ajman
Personal information
Born1 March 1943 (1943-03) (age 81)
Erfurt, Germany
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
ClubASK Vorwärts Oberhof
Medal record
Representing  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Sapporo Singles
World championships
Gold medal – first place 1965 Davos Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1969 Königssee Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1970 Königssee Singles
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1970 Hammarstrand Singles
Silver medal – second place 1971 Imst Singles
Scheidel on a stamp of Umm al-Quwain

After retiring from competitions Scheidel trained young lugers at ASK Oberhof until 1977, and after that worked as a sports instructor in a recreation home of the National People's Army. After the German reunification he ran an oxygen station in his home town of Ilmenau.[1]


  1. ^ a b Wolfgang Scheidel. sports-reference.com