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Klaus-Michael Bonsack

Full name: Klaus-Michael Bonsack
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: December 26, 1941 in Waltershausen, Thüringen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
Country: GER Germany, GDR East Germany
Sport: Luge

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Three-time Olympian Klaus-Michael Bonsack was the East German flagbearer at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics. He was one of the most successful East German lugers winning four Olympic medals: one gold in 1968 with Thomas Köhler in the doubles, one silver in the 1964 singles, and two bronzes – in the 1968 singles and in 1972 with Wolfram Fiedler in doubles. Bonsack also won five World Championship medals with one gold (doubles in 1967), two silvers (doubles in 1965, singles in 1967), and two bronzes (singles in 1963, doubles in 1969), and also won 11 East German Championships. After his retirement he studied at the engineering high school at Schmalkalden and found a job at the scientific centre of the East German bobsleigh federation. After German reunification he became a coach for the Austrian Luging Federation where he coached, among others, the sisters Doris and Angelika Neuner. Bonsack later served as chairman of the track construction commission, approving the final homologation of Cesana Pariol prior to the 2006 Winter Olympics at Torino for luge. He was among the first three inductees in the FIL Hall of Fame in 2004, along with Paul Hildgartner and Margit Schumann.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Men's Singles Germany GER 2 Silver
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Germany-2 GER AC
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge Men's Singles East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles East Germany-1 GDR 1 Gold
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge Men's Singles East Germany GDR 4
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles East Germany-2 GDR 3 Bronze

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Final Standings 2 3:27.04
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 1 2 51.61
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 2 1 51.33
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 3 2 51.68
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 4 1 52.42
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Final Standings 3 2:53.33
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 1 8 57.90
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 2 2 57.63
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 3 5 57.80
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge East Germany GDR Final Standings 4 3:29.16
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge East Germany GDR Run 1 3 52.98 16.03 1 30.43 2 14.40 =7 22.55 10
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge East Germany GDR Run 2 4 52.72 15.97 1 30.33 3 14.36 6 22.39 =7
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge East Germany GDR Run 3 1 51.54 15.85 1 29.90 1 14.05 2 21.64 4
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge East Germany GDR Run 4 5 51.92 15.83 1 30.09 3 14.26 10 21.83 =7

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Germany-2 GER Thomas Köhler Final Standings AC
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Luge Germany-2 GER Thomas Köhler Run 1 11
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge East Germany-1 GDR Thomas Köhler Final Standings 1
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge East Germany-1 GDR Thomas Köhler Run 1 1
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Luge East Germany-1 GDR Thomas Köhler Run 2 1
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge East Germany-2 GDR Wolfram Fiedler Final Standings 3
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge East Germany-2 GDR Wolfram Fiedler Run 1 3
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Luge East Germany-2 GDR Wolfram Fiedler Run 2 3
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