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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 58)[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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