Wolfgang Troßbach

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWolfgang•Troßbach
Used nameWolfgang•Troßbach
Born24 August 1927 in Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Died5 December 2021 in Bergisch Gladbach, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Measurements187 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsBerliner SC, Berlin (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality West Germany


Hurdler Wolfgang Troßbach took part in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in the 110 hurdles but did not qualify for the semifinals. From 1951-53 he was West German Champion. From 1990-95 he was president of the Association of Former Athletes. His father Heiner Troßbach was also a hurdler and later became a respected sports journalist and chief editor of the magazine “Der Leichtathlet” (The Athlete). He was responsible for creating the nickname “Otto, der Seltsame” (Otto, the Strange) for Otto Peltzer.

Wolfgang Troßbach studied sports at the Köln Sportshochschule für Korperkultur (Cologne Sports University) and after some time as a football coach he completed a commercial education degree and rose to become managing director of the Thyssen steel company in Essen. He married his wife Erika, also a sports student in Köln in 1950. In his later years Troßbach played tennis and golf.

Personal Best: 110H – 14.7 (1952).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics GER FRG Wolfgang Troßbach
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 4 h3 r1/3