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Helmut Kuhnert

Full name: Helmut Kuhnert
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: March 1, 1936 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: SC Dynamo Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

East German speed skater Helmut Kuhnert was Germany’s first ever world class skater ever. He participated in three consecutive Winter Olympics from 1956-64. His best finish was ninth in both the 5,000 metres in 1956 and in 1,500 metres in 1960. At the 1960 World Championships at St. Moritz he won a bronze medal in the all-around event. In total, Kuhnert participated in eight Worlds from 1956-63 and two European Championships in 1956 and 1958. He also won 17 East German titles, including eight in the all-around competition between 1954-65. He became GDR national coach after his retirement from competitive skating.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.8 (1964); 1500 – 2:12.4 (1960); 5000 – 8:03.0 (1956); 10000 – 16:33.2 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Germany GER 34T
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Germany GER 9 OR
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Germany GER 10
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Germany GER 20T
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Germany GER 9
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Germany GER 22
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Germany GER 13
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Germany GER 16T

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 34T 44.0 11.3
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 20T 42.3
1964 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 16T 41.8

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 9 2:13.6 29 1:03 1:37

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 9 OR 8:04.8 22.1 59.3 1:36.9 2:15.1 2:53.3 3:32.1 4:10.7 4:49.3 5:28.2 6:07.2 6:46.5 7:26.0
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 22 8:25.1 21 59 1:37 2:15 2:53 3:33 4:13 4:53 5:35 6:19 7:00 7:41

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1956 Winter 19 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 10 17:04.6 44.0 1:23.7 2:03.6 2:43.3 3:21.8 4:00.9 4:41.3 5:21.8 6:02.6 6:43.6 7:24.2 8:05.5 8:47.0 9:28.8 10:10.3 10:52.0 11:33.6 12:15.4 12:57.2 13:38.9 14:20.7 15:02.4 15:43.9 16:25.0
1960 Winter 23 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Germany Final Standings 13 16:43.4 43 1:23 2:04 2:42 3:20 4:00 4:41 5:20 6:00 6:40 7:20 8:01 8:41 9:20 10:01 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:41 13:21 14:02 14:42 15:22 16:03
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