Full name: Ernst Helmut Berndt
Born: June 17, 1915 in Liberec, LibereckÃ½ kraj, Czech Republic
Died: April 30, 1990 in Seesen, Niedersachsen, Germany
Affiliations: Reichenberger SC, Liberec (CZE)
Helmut Berndt was born in Bohemia and competed at the 1936 Olympics for Czechoslovakia as Ernst Berndt, but after World War II he settled in Lower Saxony, became a German citizen, and began to use his middle name, Helmut. competed for Reichenberger TV from 1931-33 and Reichenberger SC from 1933-38. In 1935-36 he was 400 metre hurdles champion of the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia. After World War II he helped to build up the club MTV Seesen. Berndt began to practice luge in the 1950s and was 1958 German Champion. His greatest athletic title, however, came in 1960 when he won the World Singles Luge title. He also competed in fencing, skiing, and tennis.
In 1961 Berndt received the Silver Laurel Leaf, the highest sports award in Germany, from the German President. He became involved in sports administration as treasurer of the International Luge Federation and Vice-President of the German Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Federation. Berndt was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Department of Sport History of Lower Saxony
Personal Best: 400H â 56.5 (1936).
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