Rügen (RWH) Meinhard Nehmer, for many years the most successful athlete at Olympic Winter Games with three gold medals, will celebrate his 80th birthday on 13 January 2021. The former javelin thrower, who lives in the municipality of Putgarten on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, won gold in the 2-man and 4-man bobsleigh in Innsbruck (AUT) in 1976 and again four years later in Lake Placid (USA) in the 4-man competition. Nehmer has been a member of the "Hall of Fame" of German sport since 2016.
At the Olympic Games, World and European Championships, Nehmer, who always sat on the steering ropes during his active time and reportedly never suffered a crash, secured a total of eleven medals. After the end of his career, the flag bearer of the GDR team at the 1976 opening ceremony on Mount Isel first worked as a "test pilot" for the GDR selection, then later as a coach. Initially for the USA, then for Italy, from 2000 until the 2006 Winter Games in Turin (ITA) for the Bobsleigh and Sledding Association for Germany (BSD).
Bob-Ikone Nehmer wird 80 Jahre - ZDFheute (video in German)
Photo: Siegfried Kachel