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Uwe Unterwalder

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameUwe•Unterwalder
Used nameUwe•Unterwalder
Born15 July 1950 in Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Measurements180 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsBerliner TSC, Berlin (GER)
NOC East Germany

Biography

Track cyclist Uwe Unterwalder won two Olympic silver medals with the East German pursuit team. The first was at München in 1972 when they lost the final to West Germany, and the second was at Moscow eight years later when, this time, they were beaten by the Soviet Union in the final. In between, at Montréal in 1976, they finished fourth, losing the third place match to Great Britain. At the World Championships, Unterwalder lost in the team pursuit final to Italy in 1971 and West Germany in 1974. They also won the bronze medal in 1975. Unterwalder won an individual pursuit silver medal In 1977 and a bronze the following year, when he eventually won that elusive team pursuit gold medal. He was the national team pursuit champion in 1969, 1971 and 1974-77.

Unterwalder trained as an offset printer, but later worked as a waiter. After re-unification he was employed by a car valeting company, until he started his own company with his son Marino.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GDR Uwe Unterwalder
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) East Germany 2 Silver
1976 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GDR Uwe Unterwalder
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) East Germany 4
1980 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GDR Uwe Unterwalder
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) East Germany 2 Silver