The German bobsleigh pilot Bernhard Germeshausen is dead. According to information from Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), the three-time Olympic champion died on Good Friday after a long illness at the age of 70. His wife Margitta commented on her husband’s death: “Fought and yet lost. Your sports friend Germi fell asleep peacefully today.” Germeshausen won Olympic gold three times for East Germany. In 1976, at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck, the brakeman snapped up gold in Meinhard Nehmer’s sled in both the four and two man races. In 1980 in Lake Placid, he went even further with the gold medal in the foursome.
Before he became a bobsleigh pilot, Germeshausen was a decathlete before finally switching to sport in 1975. At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placis, Germeshausen sat on the ropes himself and won silver in the process. In addition to his successes at the Olympic Winter Games, the bobsleigh pilot also won three world titles. He was born on August 21, 1951 in Heiligenstadt (Eichsfeld in Thuringia). He devoted his whole life to sport. He was also a sports teacher in a sports high school in Erfurt.
However, the sports world has not only lost Bernhard Germeshausen. In addition, Mike Bossy, one of the greatest ice hockey players in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) has passed away. The New York Islanders legend has died of lung cancer at the age of 65. The Canadian won the Stanley Cup four times in a row with the New York Islanders in the early 1980s. In 752 regular season games, the winger scored 573 goals and recorded 553 assists. Only he and Wayne Gretzky had 50 or more hits in nine seasons.
In the play-off Bossy was also very accurate with 85 goals in 129 games. In 1988, after only ten NHL seasons, he announced his retirement due to chronic back problems. Three years later he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Gretzky also knew about the brilliance of his long-time competitor and compatriot, who summed it up in a short statement on social media on Friday: “It was an honor to play with you. We will miss you.”