Axel LESSER

German Democratic Republic (Germany) GDR

Cross-Country

  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Grenoble 1968
  • Year of Birth
    1946
Olympic Results

Biography

Axel LESSER

Axel Lesser participated in three consecutive Winter Olympics from 1968-76 with limited success. In 1976, the GDR relay team had to give up because Lesser collided on the second leg with an unknown person and was injured. The crew refused to protest because they did not know who to protest against, nor did anybody witness the incident. Lesser had to retire after the Olympics due to his injuries.

Almost 30 years later after re-unification, Lesser talked about the person involved in the incident as a female Russian supporter of the Soviet relay team. But this theory has never been proved. He could not talk about this earlier fact due to the political situation during the Cold War. In 1970 he won a silver medal with the relay team at the World Championships. He won three East German national titles, in the 50 km in 1968, and with the relay in 1970 and 1973. His grandson Erik Lesser became a world class biathlete in the 2010s.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1976

#17
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#DNF
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sapporo 1972

#6
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#12
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#6
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Grenoble 1968

#DNF
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#36
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#7
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing