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Birgit

Birgit FISCHER

Team
GermanyGermany
GDRGDR
CanoeCanoe
Olympic Medals
8G
4S
Games Participations6
First Olympic GamesMoscow 1980
Year of Birth1962

Biography

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.

Birgit FISCHER
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