Dieter Speer

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Dieter Speer
Personal information
Full name Dieter Speer
Born (1942-02-24) 24 February 1942 (age 75)
Legnica, Lower Silesia, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Club SG Dynamo Zinnwald
Olympic Games
Teams 2 (1968, 1972)
Medals 1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams 4 (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973)
Medals 3 (1 gold)

Dieter Speer (born 24 February 1942) is a former East German biathlete.

He was the first German to hold the title when he became world champion in biathlon in 1971, beating the outstanding Alexander Tikhonov over 20 kilometres. Tikhonov could be said to be partly responsible for Speer's success, since the rifle was a gift from Tikhonov.[1]

Speer was able to return the favour a year later at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, lending Tikhonov his ski when the latter fell during the relay and broke a ski. In that event, the Russians won, and the East German team only got a bronze medal.

Biathlon results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[2]

Olympic Games[edit]

1 medal (1 bronze)

Event Individual Relay
France 1968 Grenoble 18th 6th
Japan 1972 Sapporo 13th Bronze

World Championships[edit]

3 medals (1 gold, 2 bronze)

Event Individual Relay
Polish People's Republic 1969 Zakopane 21st 5th
Sweden 1970 Östersund 4th Bronze
Finland 1971 Hämeenlinna Gold 10th
United States 1973 Lake Placid 13th Bronze
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.


  1. ^ Picture
  2. ^ "Search results". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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