Eberhard Riedel

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEberhard•Riedel
Used nameEberhard•Riedel
Born14 February 1938 in Lauter, Erzgebirge, Sachsen (GER)
Measurements172 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsDynamo, Johanngeorgenstadt
NOC East Germany Germany
Nationality East Germany


Eberhard Riedel came from Oberwiesenthal in the former East Germany, and started in 1960 and 1964 for the mixed German team, and in 1968 for the East German team. He was the only alpine skier of world class from the former GDR. Concerning his nomination for the mixed German team in 1960 a bitter dispute took place, in the course of which the press official of the West German Skiing Association DSV was forced to apologize officially because of his anti-Communist statements.

Riedel had few high finishes internationally, but won 10 national titles between 1957 and 1968. After the 1968 Winter Games the government of the former GDR decided to end funding for Alpine skiing as they did not consider it a Socialist sport. Riedel, a forester by trade, then studied sports and became a coach for football (soccer), skiing and ski jumping, coaching, among others, Jens Weißflog.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) GER GDR Eberhard Riedel
Downhill, Men (Olympic) 16
1964 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) GER GDR Eberhard Riedel
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 15
Slalom, Men (Olympic) 18
1968 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) GDR Eberhard Riedel
Downhill, Men (Olympic) DNF
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 41
Slalom, Men (Olympic) 13