Georg Thoma

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Georg Thoma
Gullvinner Georg Thoma etter målpassering 15 km langrenn kombinert, VM i Oslo 1966 (5485711414).jpg
Thoma at the 1966 World Championships
Personal information
Born 20 August 1937 (1937-08-20) (age 79)
Hinterzarten, Germany
Height 167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport Nordic combined
Club SC Hinterzarten

Georg Thoma (born 20 August 1937) is a retired German Nordic combined skier. He won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, becoming the first non-Scandinavian athlete to do so, and was voted German Sportsman of the Year. At the 1964 Olympics he won a bronze medal and served as the Olympic flag bearer for Germany at the opening ceremony. He further won the world championships title in 1966. Thoma's strength in the Nordic combined was jumping. He was three times German champion in ski jumping (1960, 1961, and 1963). Additionally, he won the Nordic combined at the Holmenkollen ski festival from 1963 to 1966. For his Nordic combined successes, Thoma was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1964 (ahared with Veikko Kankkonen, Eero Mäntyranta, and Halvor Næs).[1]

Thoma is the uncle of the ski jumper Dieter Thoma. After retiring from competitions he worked as a postman in his hometown and later as a television commentator. He was one of the first German winter athletes to make his living from sponsorship.[1]


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Preceded by
Germany Martin Lauer
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips