Lutz Hoffmann

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Lutz Hoffmann
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Lutz Hoffmann in 1980
Personal information
Born 30 January 1959
Weißenfels, Germany
Died 5 December 1997 (aged 38)
Bad Sachsa, Germany
Height 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
Weight 51 kg (112 lb)
Sport
Sport Artistic gymnastics
Club SC Synamo Berlin

Lutz Hoffmann (30 January 1959 – 5 December 1997) was an East German gymnast and Olympic silver medalist.[1]

Early life and training[edit]

He began gymnastics training at the age of five. Beginning in 1976, he trained with the SC Dynamo Berlin. His younger brother Ulf Hoffmann was likewise an Olympic gymnast.[1] In their youth, they shared a boarding school room during their time with SC Synamo Berlin.

Career[edit]

In 1979 Hoffmann became GDR champion in the floor exercise and finished second in the vault. At the world championships in the same year his team finished fourth. Next year they won a silver medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. At those games, Hoffmann was seventh all-around and sixth on the floor.[1] He won a bronze medal in the parallel bars at the 1981 European championships.[2]

Later life and death[edit]

After retiring from competitions he worked as gymnastics coach and then became a teacher in Bad Sachsa, Germany, where he committed suicide in 1997.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Lutz Hoffmann". sports-reference. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Turnen - Europameisterschaften Herren. sport-komplett.de