West Germany at the Winter Olympics

West Germany took part at the Winter Olympic Games from 1968 to 1988. The reunification of the West and East Germany in 1990 paved the way for the reestablishment of the German team. The intact Germany started sending athletes in both the Winter and Summer Olympics in 1990 and continue doing so at present.

West Germany  ended up 5th place getter in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976 thanks to its 10-medal haul (2 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze). West Germany’s performance in Innsbruck is its best finish at the Winter Games.

Notable West German athletes include alpine racer Rosi Mittermaier who won 3 medals (2 gold and 1 silver) in 1976, speed skater Erhard Keller who won 2 gold medals in 1968 to 1972, biathlete Peter Angerer who won 5 medals (1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze) from 1980 to 1988 and bobsleigh athlete Wolfgang Zimmerer who won 4 medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

West Germany won at least one gold in alpine skiing, speed skating, Nordic combined, luge, bobsleigh and biathlon.


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