Birgit FISCHER

Germany GER

  • Olympic Medals
    8 G
    4 S
  • Games participations
    6
  • First Olympic Games
    Moscow 1980
  • Year of Birth
    1962
Olympic Results

Biography

Birgit FISCHER

A lifetime of achievement

By the time she graduated from her army sports boarding school, Fischer was already the youngest champion in the history of Olympic kayaking. She had won gold in the K1 500m at the 1980 Moscow Games aged just 20, setting the tone for her incredible career.

Olympic dominance

Fischer dominated the sport with an amazing run of victories. She won the World Championship in 1981, 1982 and 1983, only missing out at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games due to East Germany’s boycott.

Six Olympic golds

Despite being beaten in the singles final in Seoul in 1998, she won gold in the pairs hours later, and took gold in the fours the next day. She continued with singles gold and fours silver in Barcelona in 1992, then fours gold and pairs silver in Atlanta in 1996. In 2000, in Sydney, Fischer won yet another two golds in the fours and pairs.

Record holder

In Athens in 2004, Birgit came out of retirement for one last performance. Aged 42, she won the gold in the fours (K-4 500m) and silver in the double (K-2 500m). With 12, she is kayaking’s leading medal winner, and only Larissa Latynina (in artistic gymnastics) has won more Olympic medals. Fischer is also the only woman to win Olympic medals 20 years apart.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

S
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
G
Kayak Fours, 500 metres
Kayak Fours, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sydney 2000

G
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
G
Kayak Fours, 500 metres
Kayak Fours, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Atlanta 1996

S
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
G
Kayak Fours, 500 metres
Kayak Fours, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
#4
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Barcelona 1992

S
Kayak Fours, 500 metres
Kayak Fours, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
G
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Seoul 1988

G
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
G
Kayak Fours, 500 metres
Kayak Fours, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
S
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoe Sprint
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Moscow 1980

G
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoe Sprint

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