Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Los Angeles 1984
Games Results Sport Event
Los Angeles 1984
#8 Sailing Three Person Keelboat (Soling)
Montreal 1976
Games Results Sport Event
Montreal 1976
#6 Sailing Three Person Keelboat (Soling)
Munich 1972
Games Results Sport Event
Munich 1972
#3
Sailing Two Person Keelboat (Star)
Mexico City 1968
Games Results Sport Event
Mexico City 1968
#15 Sailing One Person Dinghy (Finn)
Tokyo 1964
Games Results Sport Event
Tokyo 1964
#1
Sailing One Person Dinghy (Finn)

Wilhelm KUHWEIDE

Federal Republic of Germany
Sailing
Height
184 cm / 6'0''
Weight
88 kg / 193 pounds
Birth date
6 Jan 1943 Berlin, Germany
Gender
Male

Number of medals

2 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

5 Olympic Games

Wilhelm KUHWEIDE biography

West-Berlin based sailor Willi Kuhweide became one of the most successful sailors ever in Germany. He participated in five Olympic Games from 1964-84, only missing 1980 because of the US-led boycott.

At his first Olympic appearance in 1964, Kuhweide was the object of Cold War intrigue between the NOCs of the former GDR and FRG. He had lost the inter-national races against GDR sailor Bernd Dehmel, but was the reigning European champion (because GDR sailors had not received an entry permit to come to Denmark). The International Yachting Union IYRU then ordered a race-off in Japan at Enoshima Island on Sagami Bay before the Games, but Dehmel refused to participate. Per the IOC, both sailors should have competed in the first four regattas, with the loser eliminated, but the IYRU did not agree with this. Kuhweide was asked to withdraw by the East German NOC, but the West Germans would not accept this. With only an hour before the first regatta, IOC president Avery Brundage chose Kuhweide for the regatta, who then won the gold medal in the Finn Monotype class.

Four years later at Acapulco Kuhweide finished a disappointing 15th. He then moved to the Star class and won a bronze medal in 1972 at Kiel with Karsten Meyer. Another four years later, then sailing in Soling class, he finished sixth at Ontario Lake. Finally, he came back in 1984, again in Soling, and finished eighth at Long Beach, near Los Angeles. At Los Angeles, he was also the flagbearer for West Germany at the Opening Ceremony. Kuhweide also won four World and three European Championships. He also had 10 wins at Kiel Week and eight West German championships.

Kuhweide emigrated in 1983 to Küssnacht in Switzerland. By profession, he first started a career as a military pilot with the West German Bundeswehr. He then became a civilian pilot with Lufthansa. After his retirement as a pilot he became a pilot trainer and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in the United States, where he headed the Lufthansa civilian flying school from 1989 until his retirement. In 2011 he was admitted to the German Sports Hall of Fame.

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