Lorenz Nieberl

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameLorenz•Nieberl
Used nameLorenz•Nieberl
Nick/petnamesLenz
Born7 June 1919 in München (Munich), Bayern (GER)
Died12 April 1968
Measurements130 kg
AffiliationsSC Riessersee, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER)
NOC Germany
Nationality West Germany

Biography

West German bobsledder Lorenz Nieberl won two gold medals at the 1951 World Championships at Alpe d’Huez together with pilot Anderl Ostler in the two-man event and completed by Michael Pössinger and non-Olympian Xaver Leitl in the four-man event. In 1953 he won the gold medal in the two-man event at his home track of Garmisch-Partenkirchen together with pilot Theo Kitt, while in 1954 at Cortina d’Ampezzo he earned a bronze medal with Kitt and non-Olympians Theo Grün and Klaus Koppenberger in the four-man.

Nieberl also won two gold medals at the 1952 Winter Games at Oslo with Ostler in the two-man event and completed by Fritz Kuhn and Franz Kemser in the four-man event. In order to have a shot at the title, the second German four-man sled wasn’t entered, and instead the two heaviest pushers – Kuhn and Kemser – joined Ostler and Nieberl in the remaining sled. This gave the Germans a decisive advantage, as they weighed in at 472 kg (including sled), and they comfortably slid to the gold. The international bobsleigh federation (FIBT) soon afterwards decided to limit the weight for four-man teams to 420 kg. Four years later Nieberl slid with Hans Rösch, placing ninth in the two-man event and sixth in the four-man event with his sled completed by Pössinger and Sylvester Wackerle.

Nieberl’s wife, Evi Lanig, and his brother-in-law, Hans Peter Lanig, were alpine skiers. In 2006 the story about the 1952 German four-man bob was told in a cinema comedy called Schwere Jungs (Heavy Boys).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GER FRG Lorenz Nieberl
Two, Men (Olympic) Anderl Ostler 1 Gold
Four, Men (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 1 Gold
1956 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) GER FRG Lorenz Nieberl
Two, Men (Olympic) Hans Rösch 9
Four, Men (Olympic) Unified Team of Germany 1 6

Olympic family relations

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