Thomas Prenzel

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Thomas Prenzel (born August 7, 1968) was an East German nordic combined skier who competed in the late 1980s. At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, he finished fifth in the 3 x 10 km team and ninth in the 15 km individual events.

East Germany former communist country, 1949-1990

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic, was a country that existed from 1949 to 1990, when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. It described itself as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state", and the territory was administered and occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II — the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR.

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Prenzel's only victory was in a 15 km individual event in Italy in 1987. His best World Cup finish was sixth twice in 15 km individual events in 1988.

Italy republic in Southern Europe

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