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Thomas Köhler

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameThomas•Köhler
Used nameThomas•Köhler
Born25 June 1940 in Zwickau, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements171 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsSC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, Oberwiesenthal (GER)
NOC(s) East Germany Germany
Ethnic nationGDR


The 1968 East German flagbearer in Grenoble, Thomas Köhler was the first luger to win an Olympic gold medal in singles (1964) and doubles (1968), with Klaus-Michael Bonsack. Köhler also won a silver medal in singles in Grenoble as well. He was World Champion in singles in 1962 and 1967, in 1967 in the doubles, and runner-up in doubles in 1965.

From 1969-76 Köhler was chief coach of the East German lugers, a member of the East German NOC until German reunification, and was a department head within the Deutscher Turn- und Sportverband (DTSB). In 1984 and 1988 he was Chef de Mission for the East German Winter Olympic Team. After reunification he became marketing head of a trade chain in Berlin. His brother Michael was also a world class luger but never took part in the Olympic Games.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1964 Winter Olympics Luge Singles, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Germany    
  Doubles, Open Olympic Klaus-Michael Bonsack AC
1968 Winter Olympics Luge Singles, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing East Germany    
  Doubles, Open Olympic Klaus-Michael Bonsack 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role Details
1968 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing East Germany    

Special Notes