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Kurt Meier

Full name: Kurt Meier
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 214 lbs (97 kg)
Born: April 6, 1962
Affiliations: Bob-Club Zürichsee, Zürich (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Kurt Meier joined the Swiss national team in 1980, but it was not until the mid-1980s that he began to be noticed on the international bobsledding scene. Meier, alongside [Erwin Fassbind], [Erich Schärer], and the non-Olympian André Kisser, won the four-man event at the 1986 World Championships, as well as at the European Championships, with [Hans Hiltebrand ] in place of Schärer. Meier then joined with [Ekkehard Fasser], [Werner Stocker], and [Rolf Strittmatter] to form a four-man crew that came in third at the 1987 European Championships. This quartet replaced Strittmatter with [Marcel Fässler] and, together, they travelled to the 1988 Winter Olympics, where they pulled off a surprising victory, taking advantage of a disastrous third run from defending Olympic champion [Wolfgang Hoppe’s] East German team and winning by a margin of 0.07 seconds.

Success on the international level eluded Meier for the next several years, until he came back big by winning the four-man at the 1993 European and World Championships alongside [Donat Acklin], [Domenico Semeraro], and [Gustav Weder]. The quartet then travelled to the 1994 Winter Olympics, where they earned silver with a combined time of only 0.06 seconds slower than the gold medal-winning Germans. Meier retired from active competition shortly after the Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 25 Calgary Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-1 SUI 1 Gold
1994 Winter 31 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Men's Four Switzerland-1 SUI 2 Silver

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1988 Winter 25 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Final Standings
1988 Winter 25 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 1
1988 Winter 25 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 2
1988 Winter 25 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 3
1988 Winter 25 Calgary Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 4
1994 Winter 31 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Final Standings
1994 Winter 31 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 1
1994 Winter 31 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 2
1994 Winter 31 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 3
1994 Winter 31 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Switzerland-1 SUI Run 4
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