Peter-Michael KOLBE

Federal Republic of Germany FRG

Rowing

  • Olympic Medals
    3 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Montreal 1976
  • Year of Birth
    1953
Olympic Results

Biography

Peter-Michael KOLBE

Peter-Michael Kolbe is considered the greatest rower to have never won an Olympic gold medal. As a single sculler, Kolbe's failure to do so was because of his great rivalry with the Finn, Pertti Karppinen. Kolbe trailed Karpinnen to silver medals in 1976 and 1984, and in 1980, Kolbe missed the Olympics because of the boycott. In 1988, Kolbe again finished second in the Olympic single sculls, this time to the GDR's Thomas Lange.

In the World Championships, however, Kolbe was nonpareil, winning the single sculls five times (1975, 1978, 1981, 1983, and 1986), and earning two silver and one bronze medal in the event (silver – 1979, 87; bronze – 1985). Kolbe also won the European championships in 1973, and at Henley, won the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1987. Kolbe moved to Oslo in 1982 to live with his Norwegian wife, whom he met when she was a journalist at the 1975 World Championships.

Olympic Results

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Seoul 1988

S
Single Sculls
Single Sculls Rowing
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Los Angeles 1984

S
Single Sculls
Single Sculls Rowing
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Montreal 1976

S
Single Sculls
Single Sculls Rowing