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Walter Demel

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWalter•Demel
Used nameWalter•Demel
Born1 December 1935 in Bayreuth, Bayern (GER)
Measurements170 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsSC Zwiesel, Zwiesel (GER)
NOC(s) Germany West Germany
Ethnic nationFRG

Biography

The most dominant West German cross country skier in the 1960s and 1970s was Walter Demel. He participated in four consecutive Winter Olympics. At Innsbruck in 1964 he was on the mixed German team, and then represented West Germany from 1968-76. His most successful Olympics were the Sapporo Games of 1972, when he came close to a podium, finishing fifth in both the 30 km and 50 km events. He was placed seventh in both the 15 km and relay events. He was the German flagbearer at the opening ceremony of these Games.

Demel also participated in four Nordic Worlds (1962, 1966, 1970 and 1974), earning a bronze over 30 km in 1966. This was the greatest success of his career internationally. In West Germany, he won 40 national titles, 26 of those in single events. After his retirement, Demel became the regional chief coach in Bavaria from 1978-85. From 1966-2008 he was elected to the parliament of his hometown, Bayreuth, for the left wing party SPD. By profession, Demel trained as a tiler, but later was employed as a policeman.

For his sporting achievements, he received numerous awards such as the Silver Bay Leaf in 1964, Germany’s highest sports award. He was a seven times winner of the Golden Ski by the German, and the Silver Ski by the Bavarian, Skiing Federations. He also became an honorable member of both the Bavarian Skiing Federation and his home club, SC Zwiesel.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1964 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 15 kilometres, Men Olympic 22 Representing Germany    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 10
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic Germany 7
1968 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 15 kilometres, Men Olympic 12 Representing West Germany    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 9
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 9
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic West Germany 8
1972 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 15 kilometres, Men Olympic 7 Representing West Germany    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 5
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 5
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic West Germany 7
1976 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 30 kilometres, Men Olympic 40 Representing West Germany    
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 25
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic West Germany 9

Other participations

Games Role Details
1972 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing West Germany    

Special Notes