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Hans-Georg Aschenbach

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHans-Georg•Aschenbach
Used nameHans-Georg•Aschenbach
Born25 October 1951 in Brotterode, Brotterode-Trusetal, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements175 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsASK Vorwärts Oberhof, Oberhof (GER)
NOC East Germany

Biography

After winning his first national title in 1971, Aschenbach steadily grew to become the world’s best ski jumper. In total, he won nine East German national titles from 1971-76. He also won the 1973 Ski Flying Championships, the 1974 Four Hills tournament, and both titles at the 1974 World Championships in Falun. This performance won him the title of East German athlete of the year, but his streak ended the following year. After a serious knee injury, Olympic participation for 1976 seemed unlikely, but Aschenbach recovered and won the normal hill event at Innsbruck. In the large hill event he finished eighth.

Aschenbach retired immediately, and focused on his career as a military doctor after having graduated as a sports teacher. He also made a political career as a delegate of the SED party congress and member of the peace council of the GDR. In 1988, as the doctor for the East German ski jumping team, he defected to West Germany during a mat jump competition in Switzerland. He later worked as an orthopedic surgeon in Freiburg im Breisgau. After German reunification, he also became well-known as one of the first athletes who accused GDR sport officials of widespread doping. In 2015 Aschenbach was inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) GDR Hans-Georg Aschenbach
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 31
1976 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) GDR Hans-Georg Aschenbach
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8

Special Notes