Lutz Heßlich

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameLutz•Heßlich
Used nameLutz•Heßlich
Born17 January 1959 in Ortrand, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements185 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsSC Cottbus, Cottbus (GER)
NOC East Germany

Biography

Lutz Heßlich was the greatest track sprinter never to ride as a professional. His total of four amateur world titles (1979, 1983, 1985, 1987) were bettered only by Daniel Morelon. Additionally, Heßlich was runner-up on three occasions (1981-82, 1986) and won Olympic gold in 1980 at Moskva and 1988 at Seoul, years in which no amateur World Championships were staged. He also won the Grand Prix de Paris six times, the most important invitational sprint race.

Heßlich might have won three consecutive gold medals at the Olympics had East Germany not boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics. In 1976 and 1977, Heßlich was also the Junior World Champion in the sprint. Domestically, he earned 10 track sprint titles between 1978 and 1988. After his active career Heßlich became a member of the NOC of former GDR and after German re-unification of the NOC of Germany.

Heßlich studied sports in the former GDR and had the chance to start a coaching career in his hometown of Cottbus. Nevertheless, it seemed to be uncertain during re-unification so he founded a bicycle shop at Cottbus. His son Nico also became a nationally successful track sprinter.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1980 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GDR Lutz Heßlich
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GDR Lutz Heßlich
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold