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Jochen Behle

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJochen Friedrich•Behle
Used nameJochen•Behle
Born7 July 1960 in Korbach, Hessen (GER)
Measurements183 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsSC Monte Kaolino Hirschau, Hirschau (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany

Biography

Cross-country skier Jochen Behle married biathlete Petra Schaaf, but they later separated in 1999. He competed in a total of six consecutive Olympic Games from 1980-98, from 1980-88 for West Germany and 1992-98 for re-unified Germany. He never managed, however, to win a medal. His best results were fourth places with the 4x10 km relay in 1980 and 1994.

Behle became known in 1980 particularly due to the reporting of the ZDF journalist Bruno Moravetz, in a season when Behle was a long-time leader over 15 km, with Moravetz repeatedly asking during the race, “Where is Behle?”, as Behle never appeared on the television screen in Germany. He finally placed 12th. In 1998 Behle was Germany’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony. One year later he won his only World Cup race, at Calgary over 50 km.

In 2002 he became the national coach for cross-country skiing and for the first time he led his country to the top of the world for women and men. In 2012 Behle surprisingly resigned after disputes with the German Skiing Federation and then became a television commentator.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1980 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FRG Jochen Behle
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 12
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) West Germany 4
1984 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FRG Jochen Behle
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) AC
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 15
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) West Germany 6
1988 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FRG Jochen Behle
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 23
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 23
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) West Germany 7
1992 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) GER Jochen Behle
10 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 24
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 15
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Germany 6
1994 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) GER Jochen Behle
10 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 11
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) AC
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men (Olympic) 14
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Germany 4
1998 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) GER Jochen Behle
10 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 40
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) AC
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Germany 8

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1998 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GER Jochen Behle

Olympic family relations