Steffi Walter-Martin

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSteffi•Walter-Martin
Used nameSteffi•Walter-Martin
Born17 September 1962 in Bad Schlema, Aue-Bad Schlema, Sachsen (GER)
Died21 June 2017
Measurements180 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsSC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
NOC East Germany
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2


Steffi Walter-Martin was the first woman to win two Olympic gold medals for luge. She took the title in 1984 and 1988 and on each occasion led the East Germans to a clean sweep of the medals. She was also the World Champion in 1983 and 1985 and won the World Cup in 1984. Walter-Martin won the East German national title in 1983, and added two more silvers in 1985 and 1986.

After her career, Walter-Martin studied state law, and first worked in the district administration, but was later a physiotherapist. Due to injured intervertebral discs and wrists as a late consequence of her sports career, she retired on disability at age 45. In June 2017, Walter-Martin died after a battle with cancer, aged 54.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Luge GDR Steffi Martin
Singles, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
1988 Winter Olympics Luge GDR Steffi Walter
Singles, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold

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