Helmut Recknagel

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Helmut Recknagel
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Medal record
Men's ski jumping
Representing  Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1960 Squaw Valley Individual large hill
Representing  East Germany
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1962 Zakopane Individual large hill
Bronze medal – third place 1958 Lahti Individual large hill
Bronze medal – third place 1962 Zakopane Individual normal hill

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

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.


  • Helmut Recknagel at the International Ski Federation
  • Holmenkollen medalists – click Holmenkollmedaljen for downloadable pdf file (in Norwegian)
  • Holmenkollen winners since 1892 – click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (in Norwegian)

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