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Thomas Köhler

Biographical information

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

Biography

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.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Winter Olympics Luge GER GDR Thomas Köhler
Singles, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Doubles, Open (Olympic) Klaus-Michael Bonsack AC
1968 Winter Olympics Luge GDR Thomas Köhler
Singles, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Doubles, Open (Olympic) Klaus-Michael Bonsack 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1968 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GDR Thomas Köhler

Special Notes