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Thomas Köhler

Full name: Thomas Köhler
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: June 25, 1940 in Zwickau, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
Country: GER Germany, GDR East Germany
Sport: Luge

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

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Biography

The 1968 East German flagbearer in Grenoble, Thomas Köhler is the first luger to win an Olympic gold medal in singles (1964) and doubles (1968), with Klaus-Michael Bonsack. Köhler also won a silver medal in singles in Grenoble as well. He was World Champion in singles in 1962 and 1967, in 1967 in the doubles, and runner-up in doubles in 1965. From 1969-76 Köhler was chief coach of the East German lugers, a member of the East German NOC until German reunification, and was a department head within the Deutscher Turn- und Sportverband (DTSB). In 1984 and 1988 he was Chef de Mission for the East German Winter Olympic Team. After reunification he became marketing head of a trade chain in Berlin. His brother Michael was also a world class luger but never took part in the Olympic Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Men's Singles Germany GER 1 Gold
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Germany-2 GER AC
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge Men's Singles East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles East Germany-1 GDR 1 Gold

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Final Standings 1 3:26.77
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 1 1 51.27
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 2 2 51.53
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 3 1 51.50
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Germany GER Run 4 2 52.47
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Final Standings 2 2:52.66
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 1 5 57.68
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 2 1 57.47
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge East Germany GDR Run 3 1 57.51

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Germany-2 GER Klaus-Michael Bonsack Final Standings AC
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Luge Germany-2 GER Klaus-Michael Bonsack Run 1 11
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge East Germany-1 GDR Klaus-Michael Bonsack Final Standings 1
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge East Germany-1 GDR Klaus-Michael Bonsack Run 1 1
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Luge East Germany-1 GDR Klaus-Michael Bonsack Run 2 1
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