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Helmut Recknagel (born March 20 1937) is a former East Germanmarker ski jumper who was active in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Recknagel was born in Steinbach-Hallenbergmarker, Thuringiamarker.

He earned a gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics in ski jumping and also won the Holmenkollen ski festivalmarker 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 Germanmarker to win the Holmenkollen medal.

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