Ulrich Wehling

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Ulrich Wehling Nordic combination
Wehling (center) on his return from the 1972 Olympics

Wehling (center) on his return from the 1972 Olympics

nation Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR DDR Germany
birthday July 8, 1952
place of birth Halle (Saale)GDR
size 183 cm
Weight 79 kg
job Graduated sports teacher
society SC tractor Oberwiesenthal
status resigned
End of career 1980
Medal table
Olympic medals 3 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
World Cup medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
JWM medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings winter Olympics
gold 1972 Sapporo singles
gold 1976 Innsbruck singles
gold 1980 Lake Placid singles
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
gold 1974 Falun singles
bronze 1978 Lahti singles
FIS Nordic Junior Ski World Championships
gold 1971 Nesselwang singles

Ulrich Wehling (born July 8, 1952 in Halle (Saale) ) is a former Nordic combined skier and German sports official who started for the GDR .


Wehling, the son of a lawyer and a pharmacist, graduated from the children's and youth sports school in Oberwiesenthal in 1972 with the Abitur. After the Junior European Championship in 1971, he was the dominant skier in the Nordic Combined in the 1970s. Wehling, who started for the SC Traktor Oberwiesenthal , achieved three Olympic victories in a row in the Nordic Combined ( Sapporo 1972 , Innsbruck 1976 and Lake Placid 1980 ). This makes him the most successful Nordic combined athlete to this day. He was also world champion in 1974 and bronze medalist at the world championship in this sport in 1978. At the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo he won three times (1975–1977); In 1976 he was honored with the Holmenkollen Medal .

Ulrich Wehling graduated from the German University for Physical Culture and Sport (DHfK) in Leipzig to become a qualified sports teacher . After retiring from competitive sports, he initially worked in 1980/81 as an employee at the Scientific Center of the German Skier Association (DSLV) in Leipzig . From 1982 to 1990 he was deputy general secretary and in 1990 president and general secretary of the DSLV of the GDR. Wehling was also a member of the GDR's NOK from 1981 to 1990 and vice-president in 1990 . From 1976 to 1981 Wehling was a member of the Central Council of the FDJ and until 1990 also a member of the SED .

After working from 1990 to 1992 as coordinator of the German Ski Association in the new federal states, from 1992 to 2012 he was the sporting director or race director of the International Ski Association FIS in the Nordic Combined Committee. On December 1, 2016, Wehling became the new managing director of the Thuringian Ski Association, which retired on November 21, 2018.

Ulrich Wehling has been married to the former luge rider Eva-Maria Wernicke since 1976 and has two daughters with her. He lived in Oberhofen am Thunersee ( Switzerland ) before he settled in Berlin .

On the occasion of the 475th anniversary, he was made an honorary citizen of Oberwiesenthal in 2002. In the GDR he was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit several times . In 1980 he received this medal in gold.

Doping in the GDR

As the person responsible for competitive sport, Wehling was involved in state-prescribed doping in GDR sport by supporting repression against coaches and athletes who refused to administer or take doping substances. In 1992 he could no longer be held in the DSV because of the public doping allegations.


Wehling was willingly and knowingly as an unofficial employee of the State Security under the code name "Springer" and has informed about people. Wehling denies this.

Greatest successes


Web links

Commons : Ulrich Wehling  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Criticism of the new boss with a doping past. In: deutschlandfunk.de. October 24, 2016, archived from the original on October 25, 2016 ; accessed on January 7, 2017 .
  2. Ulrich Wehling took his well-deserved retirement. In: Homepage. Thuringian Ski Association V., November 30, 2018, accessed December 1, 2018 .
  3. Honorary Citizen. In: oberwiesenthal.de. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018 ; accessed on January 7, 2017 .
  4. Neues Deutschland , April 22, 1980, p. 2.
  5. a b The Olympic application Munich 2018 and the dark shadows of the past Stasi and doping-polluted old cadre in German winter sports , Deutschlandfunk , January 30, 2011.
  6. STASI: Secret meeting place in the villa . In: Der Spiegel . No. 10 , 2007 ( online ).