Anderl Ostler

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameAndreas Benedikt "Anderl"•Ostler
Used nameAnderl•Ostler
Born21 January 1921 in Grainau, Bayern (GER)
Died24 November 1988 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern (GER)
AffiliationsSC Riessersee, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality West Germany
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2


West German bob pilot Andreas Osterl won two gold medals at the 1951 World Championships at Alpe d’Huez together with brakeman Lorenz Nieberl in the two-man event and completed by Michael Pössinger and non-Olympian Xaver Leitl in the four-man event. In 1953 he won the silver medal in both the two-man and the four-man event at his hometown track of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Ostler also won two gold medals at the 1952 Winter Games at Oslo with Nieberl in the two-man event and completed by Fritz Kuhn and Franz Kemser in the four-man event. In order to have a shot at the title, the second German four-man sled wasn’t entered, and instead the two heaviest pushers – Kuhn and Kemser – joined Ostler and Nieberl in the remaining sled. This gave the Germans a decisive advantage, as they weighed in at 472 kg (including sled), and they comfortably slid to the gold. The international bobsleigh federation (FIBT) soon afterwards decided to limit the weight for four-man teams to 420 kg. Four years later Ostler was the flagbearer at the opening ceremony at Cortina d’Ampezzo and placed eighth in the two-man event with Hans Hohenester.

Ostler made his living as a restaurant proprietor. In 2006 the story about the 1952 German four-man bob was told in a cinema comedy called Schwere Jungs (Heavy Boys).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GER FRG Anderl Ostler
Two, Men (Olympic) Lorenz Nieberl 1 Gold
Four, Men (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 1 Gold
1956 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GER FRG Anderl Ostler
Two, Men (Olympic) Hans Hohenester 8

Other participations

Games Role NOC Nationality As
1956 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GER FRG Anderl Ostler

Special Notes