Full name: Dieter Speer
Height: 5'9" (176 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: February 24, 1942 in Legnica, Dolnośląskie, Poland
Affiliations: SG Dynamo Zinnwald, Altenberg im Erzgebirge (GER)
Country: East Germany
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
Dieter Speer won a bronze medal at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games in the biathlon relay together with Hansjörg Knauthe, Joachim Meischner and Horst Koschka, finishing behind the Soviet Union and Finland. In his own warm-up Speer noticed that Soviet runner [Aleksandr Tikhonov] had fallen in the first-leg and broken his ski, and he loaned him his own ski. Speer was GDR champion over 20 km in 1970, and won three relay national titles (1968-70) with his team, SG Dynamo Zinnwald, adding an individual bronze in the 20 km in 1972.
Speer had started his career as a water polo player and later competed as a long-distance track runner, but in 1964 he moved to biathlon as he was needed for his excellent Russian knowledge as a translator. In 1971 he became the first German biathlon World Champion, winning the 20 km ahead of Tikhonov. In 1970 and 1973 he won two relay bronze medals at the World Championships. He later worked as a youth coach and ran more than 20 marathons with a PB of 2-51. He was educated at the Deutsche Hochschule für Körperkultur (DHfK) Leipzig (German High School for Sports Culture), graduating as a sports teacher, but after German reunification ran a roller shutter store.
|1968 Winter||25||Grenoble||Biathlon||Men's 20 kilometres||East Germany||GDR||18|
|1968 Winter||25||Grenoble||Biathlon||Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay||East Germany||GDR||6|
|1972 Winter||29||Sapporo||Biathlon||Men's 20 kilometres||East Germany||GDR||13|
|1972 Winter||29||Sapporo||Biathlon||Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay||East Germany||GDR||3||Bronze|
|1968 Winter||25||Grenoble||Biathlon||East Germany||Final Standings||18||1-24:13.3||6||1-18:13.3||14||2||17:26||23||2||39:29||32||1||54:42||21||1||1-16:07||19|
|1972 Winter||29||Sapporo||Biathlon||East Germany||Final Standings||13||1-20:43.63||7||1-13:43.63||3||1||17:58.32||9||1||35:08.64||7||1||51:45.46||6||4||1-12:31.90||15|