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Willy Bandholz

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilly•Bandholz
Used nameWilly•Bandholz
Born28 July 1912 in Schenefeld (Kreis Steinburg), Schleswig-Holstein (GER)
Died29 January 1999 in Rimini, Rimini (ITA)
AffiliationsOberalster VfW, Hamburg (GER)
NOC Germany


Field handball was only part of the Olympic program once, at the 1936 Berlin Games. The German Reich dominated their two preliminary round matches, beating Hungary 22-0 and then the USA 29-1, before winning all three matches in the final round, including a 10-6 win over Austria in the deciding match that won the gold medal. Willy Bandholz was a member of the team in all five matches. The same year he finished second in the German Championship with his home club Oberalster Verein für Wassersport.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Handball GER Willy Bandholz
Handball, Men (Olympic) Germany 1 Gold