Josefa IDEM

Italy ITA

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    2 S
    2 B
  • Games participations
    8
  • First Olympic Games
    Los Angeles 1984
  • Year of Birth
    1964
Olympic Results

Biography

Josefa IDEM

Although the 47-year-old champion kayaker retired after finishing the K1 competition without a medal, her incredible achievement rounded off a long and spectacular career that has seen her compete for both West Germany and Italy.

Idem, who saw off competition from rivals less than half her age, made it to the final at Eton Dorney. Her success is testament to the fact that she still trains for four gruelling hours every day, despite having two children and after racking up four decades of competitive sport.

Since taking up sprint canoeing in 1977, she has amassed five Olympic medals, including a gold at the 2000 Games in Sydney, and a total of 35 international titles.

Born in West Germany, she became an Italian citizen by marriage in 1990 and is the first woman from her adopted country to win both world championship and Olympic titles in canoe sprint.

Olympic Results

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London 2012

#5
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoeing
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Beijing 2008

S
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoeing
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Athens 2004

S
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoeing
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Sydney 2000

G
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoeing
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Atlanta 1996

B
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoeing
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Barcelona 1992

#4
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoeing
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Seoul 1988

#9
Kayak Singles, 500 metres
Kayak Singles, 500 metres Canoeing
#5
Kayak Fours, 500 metres
Kayak Fours, 500 metres Canoeing
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Los Angeles 1984

B
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Canoeing
#5
Kayak Fours, 500 metres
Kayak Fours, 500 metres Canoeing