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Ortrun Enderlein

Full name: Ortrun Enderlein (-Zöphel)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: December 1, 1943 in Trünzig, Langenbernsdorf, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
Country: GER Germany, GDR East Germany
Sport: Luge

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Ortrun Enderlein is the younger sister of former East German motorcycle racer Klaus Enderlein. She started playing handball when young, but then moved to the luge club Traktor Oberwiesenthal, winning her first East German Championship in 1964, followed by titles in 1965 and 1968. In 1964 she won the Olympic gold medal with the best time on all four runs. Enderlein was World Champion in 1965 and 1967. Favored at the 1968 Winter Olympics, she again appeared to have won the gold medal, but was disqualified with her East German teammates Anna-Maria Müller and Angela Knösel when it was discovered that they had illegally heated their runners. Enderlein retired from competition in 1969, married Dr. Bernd Zöphel and made her living as an engineer in a measurement company. From 1969-90 she was a member of the East Germany NOC.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Luge Women's Singles Germany GER 1 Gold
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Luge Women's Singles East Germany GDR AC DQ

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Final Standings 1 3:24.67
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 1 1 51.13
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 2 1 51.12
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 3 1 50.87
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 4 1 51.55
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Final Standings AC DQ [2:28.04]
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 1 AC DQ [48.74]
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 2 AC DQ [49.34]
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 3 AC DQ [49.96]