Günther Schumacher

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGünther•Schumacher
Used nameGünther•Schumacher
Born27 June 1949 in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (GER)
Measurements183 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsBerliner RC Grün-Weiß Derby 1921, Berlin (GER) / VfR Büttgen, Kaarst (GER)
NOC West Germany

Biography

Günther Schumacher was a member of the 4-man West German pursuit team that won the gold medal at the 1972 München Summer Games. The squad was later awarded the Silver Bay Leaf, Germany’s highest sports award. At Montréal in 1976 he repeated his performance with a second pursuit gold medal. Schumacher won four World Championship pursuit gold medals in 1970, 1973-75, and in 1977 won two silver medals at the Worlds, in the pursuit and 1 km track time trial. He also won ten West German national titles, and was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf a second time in 1976.

In 1973 Schumacher was elected Sportsman of the Year, and was part of the 1976 Olympic pursuit team that was named Team of the Year. Schumacher turned professional in 1977 and rode until the early 1980s. He then became a sports teacher and cycling coach, and also owned a bicycle shop in his hometown Kaarst.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) FRG Günther Schumacher
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) West Germany 1 Gold
1976 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) FRG Günther Schumacher
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) West Germany 1 Gold