Willy Stähle

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameWilly Juana•Stähle
Used nameWilly•Stähle
Born16 June 1954 in Amsterdam (NED)
Died27 August 2015 in Amsterdam (NED)
NOC Netherlands


Willy Stähle competed the 1972 Olympic water skiing demonstration, placing first in tricks and second in jumping. She won a bronze medal at the 1971 World Championships in jumping and as a result was named the Netherlands Sportswoman of the Year in 1971. In 1973 she placed second in tricks at the World Championships.

Stähle stopped competing in 1975 to study physical therapy. In 1983 she was badly injured in a skydiving accident, which rendered her paraplegic. She had to stop her therapy practice and studied at the Art Academy. Later in life she became somewhat of a recluse and severed all ties with her sporting past.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Waterskiing NED Willy Stähle
Slalom, Women (Olympic (non-medal)) 2
Tricks, Women (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
Jumping, Women (Olympic (non-medal)) 4

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