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Steffi Walter-Martin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameSteffi•Walter-Martin
Used nameSteffi•Walter-Martin
Born17 September 1962 in Bad Schlema, Sachsen (GER)
Died21 June 2017
Measurements180 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsSC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
NOC(s) East Germany

Biography

Steffi Walter-Martin was the first woman to win two Olympic gold medals for luge. She took the title in 1984 and 1988 and on each occasion led the East Germans to a clean sweep of the medals. She was also the World Champion in 1983 and 1985 and won the World Cup in 1984. Walter-Martin won the East German national title in 1983, and added two more silvers in 1985 and 1986.

After her career, Walter-Martin studied state law, and first worked in the district administration, but was later a physiotherapist. Due to injured intervertebral discs and wrists as a late consequence of her sports career, she retired on disability at age 45. In June 2017, Walter-Martin died after a battle with cancer, aged 54.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1984 Winter Olympics Luge Singles, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing East Germany     as Steffi Martin
1988 Winter Olympics Luge Singles, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing East Germany     as Steffi Walter

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