Sylvester Wackerle, Sr.

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSylvester•Wackerle, Sr.
Used nameSylvester•Wackerle, Sr.
Born19 January 1908 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern (GER)
Died3 March 1978 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern (GER)
AffiliationsSC Riessersee, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality West Germany


Sylvester Wackerle, Sr. finished sixth with the West German four-man bob team Germany 1 at the 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Olympics. His team-mates were Michael Pössinger, Lorenz Nieberl and Hans Rösch. With the four-man bob he won two medals at the World Championships (silver in 1954 and bronze in 1953). Sylvester Sr. was the West German two-man bob champion in 1949, and in 1950 and 1956 won the four-man titles. One of his sons Anton also became a bobsledder, and another son, Sylvester Jr. became a hockey professional. Both participated in the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games. The Wackerle family later owned the Bräustüberl, a tavern in Garmisch.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1956 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GER FRG Sylvester Wackerle, Sr.
Four, Men (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 1 6

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