Bernhard Germeshausen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBernhard•Germeshausen
Used nameBernhard•Germeshausen
Born21 August 1951 in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Thüringen (GER)
Died15 April 2022
Measurements185 cm / 92 kg
AffiliationsASK Vorwärts Oberhof, Oberhof (GER)
NOC East Germany
Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4


Bernhard Germeshausen won the two-man bob in 1976 with his compatriot Meinhard Nehmer, and they were both members of the winning four-man crew in 1976 and 1980. In 1976 their bob was formed from a backbone of converted track and field athletes. Germeshausen had been a decathlete with a best of 7,534 in 1972.

The GDR had threatened to break through to the podium positions over the previous seasons and in Innsbruck this was achieved in spectacular fashion. Therefore they were able to defeat the favored bobs from West Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The three Olympic gold medals they each stood at the time as the Olympic best for bobsledding. Germeshausen also won silver in the two-man event at the 1980 Olympics (partnering Hans-Jürgen Gerhardt), and he was the winner at the World Championships in the two-man in 1981 (with Gerhardt) and in the four-man in 1977 and 1981.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GDR Bernhard Germeshausen
Two, Men (Olympic) Meinhard Nehmer 1 Gold
Four, Men (Olympic) East Germany 1 1 Gold
1980 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GDR Bernhard Germeshausen
Two, Men (Olympic) Hans-Jürgen Gerhardt 2 Silver
Four, Men (Olympic) East Germany 1 1 Gold

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