Birgit Fischer

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Date of Birth February 25, 1962
Place of Birth Germany
Age 59 years old
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Birgit Fischer

Birgit Fischer is a German kayaker, who has won eight gold medals over six different Olympic Games, a record she shares with Aladár Gerevich, spanning seven Olympiads: twice representing East Germany, then four times representing the reunited nation. After both the 1988 and 2000 games, she announced her retirement, only to return for the subsequent games. She has been both the youngest- and oldest-ever Olympic canoeing champion. In 2004, she was voted German sportswoman of the year.

About Birgit Fischer

German kayaker who became an eight-time gold medalist spanning six different Olympic Games.

Before Fame

She spent time working as a sports instructor for the National People's Army.


She became the oldest-ever Olympic canoeing champion at the age of 42.

Family Life

She married World Champion and Olympian Jorg Schmidt, with whom she had two children.


She was the youngest-ever Olympic canoeing champion at age 18, while Dominique Moceanu was the youngest U.S. gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal at age 14.

Information related to Birgit Fischer

  • National People's Army military athletes
  • Olympic canoeists of East Germany
  • Germany's Sports Hall of Fame inductees
  • Olympic canoeists of Germany
  • German female canoeists
  • Canoeists at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Canoeists at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Olympic silver medalists for East Germany
  • Olympic gold medalists for East Germany
  • Canoeists at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Canoeists at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Canoeists at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Canoeists at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Olympic silver medalists for Germany
  • Olympic gold medalists for Germany
  • Olympic medalists in canoeing
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