Thomas Köhler

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
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
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3


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 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