Walter Hofmann

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWalter•Hofmann
Used nameWalter•Hofmann
Born26 September 1949 in Sömmerda, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements169 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsASG Vorwärts Leipzig, Leipzig (GER)
NOC East Germany
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Canoe slalom events – held on the canoe slalom course of Augsburg - appeared at the Olympics for the first time in 1972 (and for the last time until 1992). Walter Hofmann partnered with Rolf-Dieter Amend in the Canadian doubles and won the gold medal as the reigning World runners-up in the C-2, defeating reigning World Champions and teammates from East Germany Jürgen Kretschmer and Klaus Trummer, who came in a disappointing fourth. Amend and Hofmann also won the World Championships as members of the C-2 team in 1971 and 1975. In 1969, 1972 and 1975 they also claimed East German titles. In 1976 Hofmann partnered with non-Olympian Jürgen Kalbitz and won his fourth national title and in 1977 the World Championship. Hofmann was elected into the German Canoe Slalom Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Canoe Slalom (Canoeing) GDR Walter Hofmann
Canadian Doubles, Slalom, Men (Olympic) Rolf-Dieter Amend 1 Gold

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