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Wolfgang Hoppe
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1990-1219-010, Bobfahrer Wolfgang Hoppe.jpg
Hoppe in 1990
Personal information
Nationality German
Born (1957-11-14) 14 November 1957 (age 57)[1]
Apolda,[1] Thuringia,
 East Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 89 kg (196 lb; 14.0 st)[1]
Country  Germany
Sport Bobsleigh (pilot)[1]
Event(s) 4-man, 2-man
Club SC Turbine Erfurt (19??-1981)
ASK Vorwärts Oberhof (1981-1989)[1]
WSV Oberhof 05 (1989-1998)[1]
Coached by Germany Raimund Bethge
Retired 1998
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1st1st2nd2nd2nd3rd

Wolfgang Hoppe (German pronunciation: [ˈhɔppə]; born 14 November 1957, Apolda, Thuringia) is an East German former decathlete, bob pilot and 36-time international medal winner who competed from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he won six medals with two golds (Two-man: 1984, Four-man: 1984), three silvers (Two-man: 1988, Four-man: 1988, 1992), and one bronze (1994).

At the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, Hoppe carried the flag of Germany, who was competing as a unified nation in the Winter Olympics for the first time since the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Hoppe also won fourteen medals at the FIBT World Championships with six golds (Two-man: 1985, 1986, 1989; Four-man: 1991, 1995, 1997), one silver (Four-man: 1987), and seven bronzes (Two-man: 1983, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993; Four-man: 1989, 1996). He also won the Bobsleigh World Cup championship in combined men's (1991–92), two-man (1990–91), and four-man (1991–92, 1995–96).

Hoppe a former army major retired from bobsledding after the 1997 FIBT World Championships to become coach of the German national team, coaching such athletes as Susi Erdmann, Sandra Kiriasis, Gabriele Kohlisch, and André Lange.

He is the brother of motocross racer and 37-time medal winner Heinz Hoppe.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Wolfgang Hoppe, profile page, accessed November 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland e. V. (BSD)

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Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:55:16 -0700

Sarajevo 1984 2man Bobsleigh Tom De La Hunty, Wolfgang Hoppe. Category. Sports. License. Standard YouTube License. Show more. Show less. All Comments (7). Add a public comment... Comment failed to post. Cancel Post. Top comments.

Thüringer Allgemeine

Thüringer Allgemeine
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:25:55 -0700

Die 28-jährige Oberhoferin beendet wegen ihres Studiums bei der Polizei ihre Karriere. Kollegen kämpfen im Eishaus am Samstag um Startnormen. Oberhof. Wenn es die besten Bobfahrer beim 26. Oberhofer Anschubwettkampf am Samstag (10 bis 14 Uhr) ...
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:52:30 -0800

Lesen Sie die große BILD-Serie, Teil 4: Wolfgang Hoppe, Bob-Olympiasieger '84 in Sarajevo.. Einem Zufall und einem Glücksfall verdankt Wolfgang Hoppe (heute 56) seine erste Goldmedaille bei Olympia. Denn eigentlich fährt der Bob-Pilot 1984 nur ...
Insidethegames.biz (blog)
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 03:48:45 -0800

The German pairing of Christoph Langen and Olaf Hampel established the gold standard for the home nation in the two-man bob, and gold in the four-man went to their team mates Wolfgang Hoppe, René Hannemann, Ulf Hielscher and Carsten Embach, with ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

Slate Magazine (blog)
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:44:50 -0800

Chief among the Virgin Islanders' antagonists was East German bobsledder Wolfgang Hoppe. “When you get as many inexperienced drivers in a race as we have here, it hurts the experienced drivers,” Hoppe told the media. “Ideally, there should only be a ...
Freie Presse
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:27:19 -0700

Der Kontakt ist über den Ortschaftsrat möglich, Ortschaftsratsvorsitzender ist Wolfgang Hoppe. Sachspenden werden ab Oktober entgegengenommen. Wie viele Flüchtlinge werden dieses Jahr im Landkreis Zwickau erwartet? Die gerade stark nach oben ...
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:45:57 -0800

Of the five pilots to win a gold medal in four-man and two-man at the same Olympics, four are German: Andre Lange, Wolfgang Hoppe , Meinhard Nehmer and Andreas Ostler . This season has been one of those down years. German bobsled legend Andre ...

Ostthüringer Zeitung

Ostthüringer Zeitung
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 22:34:10 -0700

Mit dem Apoldaer Wolfgang Hoppe verstand er sich blind, feierte die großen Erfolge, Doppel-Olympiasieger, viermal Weltmeister. „Wir haben so hart trainiert wie die Zehnkämpfer. Wir hatten ein tolles Team, angefangen von den Mannschaften, den Trainern, ...

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