Helmut Recknagel

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Helmut Recknagel
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Medal record
Men's Ski jumping
Competitor for East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1960 Squaw Valley Individual large hill
World Championships
Gold 1962 Zakopane Individual large hill
Bronze 1958 Lahti Individual large hill
Bronze 1962 Zakopane Individual normal hill

Helmut Recknagel (born 20 March 1937) is a former East German ski jumper who was active in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Recknagel was born in Steinbach-Hallenberg, Thuringia.

He earned a gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics in ski jumping and also won the Holmenkollen ski festival ski jumping competition twice (1957 and 1960). At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, he won three medals: a bronze in 1958 and two medals in 1962, a gold in the individual large hill and a bronze in the individual normal hill. For his ski jumping efforts, Recknagel was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1960 (Shared with Sixten Jernberg, Sverre Stensheim, and Tormod Knutsen). He was the first German to win the Holmenkollen medal.


Preceded by
Täve Schur
East German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Klaus Ampler