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Wolfgang Hoppe

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWolfgang•Hoppe
Used nameWolfgang•Hoppe
Born14 November 1957 in Apolda, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements181 cm / 89 kg
AffiliationsASK Vorwärts Oberhof, Oberhof (GER) / WSV Oberhof, Oberhof (GER)
NOC East Germany Germany

Biography

Wolfgang Hoppe started his sports career in track & field athletics and won the GDR junior decathlon championship in 1976. He later turned his talents to bobsledding and became the world’s top driver in the 1980s. In the two-man event, Hoppe won Olympic gold in 1984 and a silver in 1988 and was three times the world champion. He was equally accomplished in the four-man event, winning an Olympic gold in 1984, a silver in 1988 and 1992, and ending his Olympic career with a four-man bronze in 1994. Hoppe won the World Championship in the four-man event in 1991 and at the European Championships he won the two-man title in 1986-87 and the four-man event in 1987.

He was the first German to carry the flag at the opening ceremony for the reunified team 1992 in Albertville. He later turned to coaching an became the German Chief coach of the women’s team since 1999.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GDR Wolfgang Hoppe
Two, Men (Olympic) Dietmar Schauerhammer 1 Gold
Four, Men (Olympic) East Germany 1 1 Gold
1988 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GDR Wolfgang Hoppe
Two, Men (Olympic) Bogdan Musiol 2 Silver
Four, Men (Olympic) East Germany 1 2 Silver
1992 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GER Wolfgang Hoppe
Four, Men (Olympic) Germany 1 2 Silver
1994 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GER Wolfgang Hoppe
Four, Men (Olympic) Germany 1 3 Bronze

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1992 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GER Wolfgang Hoppe

Special Notes