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André Lange and Meinhard Nehmer, GER. Photo: Charlie Booker
Rügen (RWH) Meinhard Nehmer, with three Olympic gold medals, four World Championship titles and altogether eight medals at Olympic Winter Games and World Championships one of the most successful bobsleigh pilots, this week celebrated his 75th birthday.
At the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck (AUT), Meinhard Nehmer won the first Olympic gold medal in two man and four man bob for the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). 1977 he became World Champion in four man bob and won his third Olympic gold medal 1980 in Lake Placid (USA). In Bobsleigh, until 1992 the Olympic Winter Games also counted as World Championships for the concerning year, so former javelin athlete Meinhard Nehmer during his icetrack career won four World Championships gold medals.
After the collapse of the GDR and the reunification of Germany, he worked as coach for Italy and the USA. With him, Pilot Brian Shimer won the first World Championships medal (1993, Bronze in Innsbruck) for the US-team since 24 years. For the German federation BSD, Meinhard Nehmer worked as track coach.
Today, the retiree lives in Varnkevitz on the German island Rügen.©RWH2015-2016

Meinhard Nehmer (GER, m) with Tony Nash and Robin Dixon (GBR). Photo: Charlie Booker
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