Wolfgang Scheidel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWolfgang•Scheidel
Used nameWolfgang•Scheidel
Born9 March 1943 in Erfurt, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements183 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsASK Vorwärts Oberhof, Oberhof (GER)
NOC East Germany


Wolfgang Scheidel had his first success in the doubles winning the 1965 World Championships together with non-Olympian Michael Köhler. One year later he moved to ASK Oberhof and started in the singles, winning the gold medal at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics. Scheidel placed third in singles at the 1969 and 1970 World Championships, and was runner-up at the 1970 and 1971 European Championships. After his retirement he worked as a youth coach at ASK Oberhof until 1977 and became a sports instructor in a recreation home of the Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) of East Germany. After German re-unification he has owned an oxygen station in his home town of Ilmenau.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Winter Olympics Luge GDR Wolfgang Scheidel
Singles, Men (Olympic) DQ
1972 Winter Olympics Luge GDR Wolfgang Scheidel
Singles, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony GDR Wolfgang Scheidel

Special Notes