Karlheinz Friedrich

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKarlheinz•Friedrich
Used nameKarlheinz•Friedrich
Born31 July 1934 in Zwickau, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements161 cm / 52 kg
AffiliationsSC DHfK, Leipzig (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality East Germany


East German gymnast Karlheinz Friedrich finished seventh with the team in the all-around event and 67th in the individual all-around at the 1960 Roma Olympic Games. He did not advance to any of the individual finals. In 1958 he won two East German national titles in floor exercise and horizontal bar.

Friedrich came from Leipzig and later became a free-lance sports journalist and photographer, who was one of the publishers of the book “Fascinating Gymnastics” in 1970. He also became best known for his gymnastics and sports photographs for “Freie Welt” (Free World) and the youth magazine “Junge Welt” (Young World). He produced 1000s of photographs for the East German Gymnastics Association archive.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) GER GDR Karlheinz Friedrich
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 67
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 7
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =69 r1/2
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =39 r1/2
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =74 r1/2
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =31 r1/2
Rings, Men (Olympic) =49 r1/2
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 91 r1/2