Hans Plenk

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameHans•Plenk
Used nameHans•Plenk
Born21 February 1938 in Bad Reichenhall, Bayern (GER)
Died10 September 2023 in Schönau a. Königssee, Bayern (GER)
Measurements176 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsRC Berchtesgaden, Berchtesgaden (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany
Nationality West Germany
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Chosen as the West German flagbearer at the 1968 Winter Olympics, Hans Plenk was one of the most successful West German lugers of the 1960s. At the Olympics, he won the 1964 bronze medal in the men’s singles and in 1968 he took fourth place in the doubles and sixth in the singles.

Plenk was also World Champion in 1965 in singles, and won several other World medals: singles runner-up in 1961 and 1963, and third in 1960 in the singles and the doubles (together with non-Olympian Horst Tiedke). He was a five-time German Champion in singles (1959, 1961, 1963-64, 1968) as well as winning three German doubles titles: 1964 with Wolfgang Winkler, 1965 (with J. Hasenkopf), and 1968 with Bernhard Aschauer.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Winter Olympics Luge GER FRG Hans Plenk
Singles, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1968 Winter Olympics Luge FRG Hans Plenk
Singles, Men (Olympic) 6
Doubles, Open (Olympic) Bernhard Aschauer 4

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1968 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony FRG Hans Plenk

Special Notes