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Frank Ullrich

Full name: Frank Ullrich
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: January 24, 1958 in Trusetal, Thüringen, Germany
Affiliations: ASK Vorwärts Oberhof, Oberhof (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany
Sport: Biathlon

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Frank Ullrich first appeared at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games winning the relay bronze medal together with Manfred Geyer, Karl-Heinz Menz and Manfred Beer, finishing behind the Soviet Union and Finland. But then he had his greatest Olympics in 1980 at Lake Placid, winning the gold medal over 10 km, and two silvers over 20 km and in the relay. Four years later when he was East German flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, he finished fifth in the 20 km, 17th in the 10 km, and fourth in the relay. Between 1977 and 1983 he also won 14 medals at the World Championships (9-4-1), six in the relays and eight in individual events, and Ullrich was also a four-time overall World Cup champion (1978, 1980-82). Domestically he had five national titles, six runner-ups, and two third places with ASK Vorwärts Oberhof.

Ullrich finished his active career and turned to coaching when his wife died after a long illness. He became one of the most successful biathlon coaches ever, first coaching the national team of GDR from 1987 to German reunification, then the German team between 1998 and 2010, claiming four Olympic gold, three silver and two bronze medals and several World Championship podiums by his pupils. In 2012 he took over the German cross-country team from Jochen Behle.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay East Germany GDR 3 Bronze
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint East Germany GDR 1 Gold
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay East Germany GDR 2 Silver
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint East Germany GDR 17
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres East Germany GDR 5
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay East Germany GDR 4

Men's 10 kilometres Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Biathlon East Germany Final Standings 1 32:10.69 2 0 8:48.95 1 2 25:37.86 1
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Biathlon East Germany Final Standings 17 32:40.2 3 1 11:57.7 16 2 24:59.8 18

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT P ST SR S1P S1T S1R S2P S2T S2R S3P S3T S3R S4P S4T S4R M S1M S2M S3M S4M
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Biathlon East Germany Final Standings 2 1-08:27.79 3 1-05:27.79 1 1 17:10.76 9 0 32:26.12 1 1 45:27.84 2 1 1-01:42.35 2
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Biathlon East Germany Final Standings 5 1-14:53.7 1-11:53.7 8 18:33.4 13 31:22.8 5 46:46.3 7 1-07:06.6 5 3 1 0 1 1

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M ET ER ES S1ES S2ES
1976 Winter 18 Innsbruck Biathlon East Germany GDR Final Standings 3 32:47.28 4 2 2 1-03:49.46 8
1980 Winter 22 Lake Placid Biathlon East Germany GDR Final Standings 2 23:01.26 0 0 0 1-10:52.75 2 4 1 3
1984 Winter 26 Sarajevo Biathlon East Germany GDR Final Standings 4 25:38.1 0 0 0 1-40:04.7 4 3 1 2