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Willi Kuhweide

Full name: Wilhelm "Willi" Kuhweide
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: January 6, 1943 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: VSaW, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany, FRG West Germany
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

West-Berlin based sailor Willi Kuhweide became one of the most successful sailors ever in Germany. He participated in five Olympic Games from 1964-84, only missing 1980 because of the US-led boycott.

At his first Olympic appearance in 1964, Kuhweide was the object of Cold War intrigue between the NOCs of the former GDR and FRG. He had lost the inter-national races against GDR sailor Bernd Dehmel, but was the reigning European champion (because GDR sailors had not received an entry permit to come to Denmark). The International Yachting Union IYRU then ordered a race-off in Japan at Enoshima Island on Sagami Bay before the Games, but Dehmel refused to participate. Per the IOC, both sailors should have competed in the first four regattas, with the loser eliminated, but the IYRU did not agree with this. Kuhweide was asked to withdraw by the East German NOC, but the West Germans would not accept this. With only an hour before the first regatta, IOC president [Avery Brundage] chose Kuhweide for the regatta, who then won the gold medal in the Finn Monotype class.

Four years later at Acapulco Kuhweide finished a disappointing 15th. He then moved to the Star class and won a bronze medal in 1972 at Kiel with [Karsten Meyer]. Another four years later, then sailing in Soling class, he finished sixth at Ontario Lake. Finally, he came back in 1984, again in Soling, and finished eighth at Long Beach, near Los Angeles. At Los Angeles, he was also the flagbearer for West Germany at the Opening Ceremony. Kuhweide also won four World and three European Championships. He also had 10 wins at Kiel Week and eight West German championships.

Kuhweide emigrated in 1983 to Küssnacht in Switzerland. By profession, he first started a career as a military pilot with the West German Bundeswehr. He then became a civilian pilot with Lufthansa. After his retirement as a pilot he became a pilot trainer and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in the United States, where he headed the Lufthansa civilian flying school from 1989 until his retirement. In 2011 he was admitted to the German Sports Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy Germany GER 1 Gold
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy West Germany FRG 15
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat West Germany FRG 3 Bronze
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat West Germany FRG 6
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat West Germany FRG 8

Mixed One Person Dinghy

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T NP TP
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Germany Final Standings 1 7,638
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Germany Race One 2 1,318 2-13:45
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Germany Race Two 1 1,620 2-06:03
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Germany Race Three 4 1,017 1-52:09
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Germany Race Four 6 841 1-43:42
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Germany Race Five 5 921 1-37:14
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Germany Race Six 3 1,142 1-47:00
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Sailing Germany Race Seven 1 1,620 1-48:35
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing West Germany Final Standings 15 120.0 152.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing West Germany Race One 11 17.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing West Germany Race Two 7 13.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing West Germany Race Three 17 23.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing West Germany Race Four 25 31.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing West Germany Race Five 26 32.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing West Germany Race Six 9 15.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing West Germany Race Seven 15 21.0

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing West Germany FRG Karsten Meyer Final Standings 1972-08-29 44.4 61.4
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing West Germany FRG Karsten Meyer Race One 1972-08-29 8.0 2-52:40
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing West Germany FRG Karsten Meyer Race Two 1972-08-30 5.7 2-52:46
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing West Germany FRG Karsten Meyer Race Three 1972-08-31 17.0 2-35:31
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing West Germany FRG Karsten Meyer Race Four 1972-09-01 3.0 2-19:51
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing West Germany FRG Karsten Meyer Race Five 1972-09-04 11.7 2-24:20
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing West Germany FRG Karsten Meyer Race Six 1972-09-05 8.0 3-09:28
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing West Germany FRG Karsten Meyer Race Seven 1972-09-08 8.0 2-40:30

Mixed Three Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing West Germany FRG Final Standings 1976-07-19 60.7 77.7
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing West Germany FRG Race One 1976-07-19 17.0 2-32:43
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing West Germany FRG Race Two 1976-07-20 13.0 2-15:51
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing West Germany FRG Race Three 1976-07-21 8.0 2-27:35
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing West Germany FRG Race Four 1976-07-23 8.0 2-22:30
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing West Germany FRG Race Five 1976-07-25 17.0 3-43:41
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing West Germany FRG Race Six 1976-07-26 3.0 1-55:13
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing West Germany FRG Race Seven 1976-07-27 11.7 2-09:14
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing West Germany FRG Final Standings 1984-07-31 71.0 92.0
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing West Germany FRG Race One 1984-07-31 16.0
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing West Germany FRG Race Two 1984-08-01 8.0
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing West Germany FRG Race Three 1984-08-02 15.0
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing West Germany FRG Race Four 1984-08-03 15.0
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing West Germany FRG Race Five 1984-08-06 21.0
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing West Germany FRG Race Six 1984-08-07 14.0
1984 Summer 41 Los Angeles Sailing West Germany FRG Race Seven 1984-08-08 3.0 2-18:35
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