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Ekkehard Fasser

Full name: Ekkehard Fasser
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: September 3, 1952 in Bühl, Glarus, Switzerland
Affiliations: Bob-Club Zürichsee, Zürich (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Ekkehard Fasser's original athletic pursuit was track and field, and he specialized in the high jump, long jump, and shot put. By 1978, however, he had taken up bobsledding and was the junior world runner-up in the two-man with Ralph Pichler. Fasser made the reserve squad of the Swiss national team in 1981 and, the following year, participated in his first World Cup events. In 1983 he won the European Championships in the four-man and, alongside Hans Märchy, Kurt Poletti, and Rolf Strittmatter, the World Championships as well. This earned the quartet a trip to the 1984 Winter Olympics, where they were expected to battle for the gold medal with the Swiss 1982 World Champions, Rico Freiermuth , Silvio Giobellina, Urs Salzmann, and Heinz Stettler. The two East German teams, however, had other plans, and took first and second in every run, while the 1982 World Champions were consistently third, leaving Fasser's squad in fourth position and off the podium.

Fasser continued to compete and, in 1986, earned the title of Bobsleigh World Cup Champion with his crew. He returned to the Olympics in 1988 with Marcel Fässler, Kurt Meier, and Werner Stocker and pulled off a surprising victory in the four-man, taking advantage of a disastrous third run from defending Olympic champion Wolfgang Hoppe's team and winning by a margin of 0.07 seconds. Gold medal in hand, Fasser retired from active competition after the Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 31 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-2 SUI 4
1988 Winter 35 Calgary Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-1 SUI 1 Gold

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1984 Winter 31 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Final Standings
1984 Winter 31 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 1
1984 Winter 31 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 2
1984 Winter 31 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 3
1984 Winter 31 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Switzerland-2 SUI Run 4
1988 Winter 35 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Final Standings
1988 Winter 35 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 1
1988 Winter 35 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 2
1988 Winter 35 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 3
1988 Winter 35 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 4
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