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Dettlef Günther

Full name: Dettlef Günther
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: August 27, 1954 in Erlabrunn, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Luge

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Dettlef Günther, whose unusual given name of Dettlef is ascribed to an error of the responsible registrar who wrote his name with an incorrect double “t,” started his international career by winning the 1973 European Youth Championships. In 1975 he repeated this success at the European Senior Championships, and he won a surprise gold medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. At the 1979 World Championships, he repeated that victory, and was European runner-up that year as well. Favored at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, Günther crashed near the end of his third run, eventually placing fourth. He then made his living as a coach until German re-unification, later working in the production control department of the nickel smelting works at Aue.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Luge Men's Singles East Germany GDR 1 Gold
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Luge Men's Singles East Germany GDR 4

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2 IT3 IR3 IT4 IR4 ST3 SR3 ST4 SR4
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Luge East Germany GDR Final Standings 1 3:27.688
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Luge East Germany GDR Run 1 1 52.381 19.840 2 32.168 2 12.328 2 20.213 1
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Luge East Germany GDR Run 2 4 52.107 19.669 2 31.825 2 12.156 2 20.282 5
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Luge East Germany GDR Run 3 1 51.418 19.613 2 31.680 2 12.067 1 19.738 1
1976 Winter 21 Innsbruck Luge East Germany GDR Run 4 1 51.782 19.652 2 31.795 1 12.143 2 19.987 2
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Luge East Germany GDR Final Standings 4 2:57.163
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Luge East Germany GDR Run 1 1 43.199 12.005 2 20.670 1 8.665 1 9.880 3 30.550 1 35.849 1 5.299 1 7.350 1
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Luge East Germany GDR Run 2 1 43.555 12.013 20.739 1 8.726 9.992 3 30.731 1 36.101 1 5.370 1 7.454 1
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Luge East Germany GDR Run 3 23 46.879 12.049 1 20.760 1 8.711 1 10.096 5 30.856 2 36.282 3 5.426 3 10.597 23
1980 Winter 25 Lake Placid Luge East Germany GDR Run 4 2 43.530 12.083 2 20.827 2 8.744 2 9.961 2 30.788 2 36.132 2 5.344 1 7.398 1
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