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Birgit Fischer-Schmidt

Full name: Birgit Fischer-Schmidt
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: February 25, 1962 in Brandenburg an der Havel, Brandenburg, Germany
Affiliations: ASK Vorwärts Potsdam, Potsdam (GER) / OSC Potsdam, Potsdam (GER) / WSV Mannheim-Sandhofen, Mannheim (GER)
Country: GDR East Germany, GER Germany
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Jörg Schmidt; Sister-in-law of Sarina Hülsenbeck; Aunt of Fanny Fischer.

Medals: 8 Gold, 4 Silver (12 Total)

Biography

Birgit Schmidt-Fischer of Germany (formerly East Germany) is considered the greatest woman canoeist of all time. Her total of 37 medals (1979-2005) and 27 gold medals (1979-1998) at the World Championships has never been approached and her 12 Olympic medals and eight gold medals are also records. Representing East Germany (GDR) she won the Olympic K1 title in 1980 (as Miss Fischer) and the K2 and K4 in 1988. After a three-year break from competition, during which she gave birth to her second child, she won the K1 in 1992 as a member of the unified German team. In 1996 at Atlanta, she paddled with the German K4 team to win her fifth gold medal, and at Sydney in 2000, she added golds in both K2 and K4. Her husband, Jörg Schmidt, was a World Champion and Olympic silver medalist (in the C1-1,000 in 1988). Birgit Fischer initially retired after the 2000 Olympic Games, but returned in 2003 and competed in the 2004 Olympic Games, winning a gold and silver medal. She has now won gold medals at six different Olympic Games, spanning 24 years. Schmidt-Fischer also won two medals at the 2005 World Championships. It appeared she may compete forever.

Results

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Canoeing East Germany Final Round 1 1:57.96
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Canoeing East Germany Round One Heat One 1 QU/OB 1:56.92
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Canoeing East Germany Final Round 2 1:55.31
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Canoeing East Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:55.94
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Canoeing East Germany Round One Heat Two 2 QU 1:56.24
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Canoeing Germany Final Round 1 1:51.60
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Canoeing Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:52.13
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Canoeing Germany Round One Heat One 1 QU/OB 1:52.49
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Canoeing Germany Final Round 4 1:49.383
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Canoeing Germany Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 1:51.863
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Canoeing Germany Round One Heat Two 3 QU 1:54.880

Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T L
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Canoeing East Germany GDR Anke Nothnagel-von Seck Final Round 1988-09-30 1:43.46
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Canoeing East Germany GDR Anke Nothnagel-von Seck Semi-Finals Heat Three 1988-09-28 1:46.62
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Canoeing East Germany GDR Anke Nothnagel-von Seck Round One Heat One 1988-09-26 1:45.53
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Canoeing Germany GER Ramona Portwich Final Round 1996-08-04 1:39.689
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Canoeing Germany GER Ramona Portwich Semi-Finals Heat One 1996-08-02 1:43.069
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Canoeing Germany GER Ramona Portwich Round One Heat One 1996-07-31 1:45.504
2000 Summer 38 Sydney Canoeing Germany GER Katrin Wagner-Augustin Final Round 2000-10-01 1:56.996
2000 Summer 38 Sydney Canoeing Germany GER Katrin Wagner-Augustin Round One Heat One 2000-09-27 1:42.557
2004 Summer 42 Athina Canoeing Germany GER Carolin Leonhardt Final Round 2004-08-28 1:39.533 4
2004 Summer 42 Athina Canoeing Germany GER Carolin Leonhardt Round One Heat Two 2004-08-24 1:39.588 3

Women's Kayak Fours, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Canoeing East Germany GDR Final Round 1988-10-01 1:40.78
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Canoeing East Germany GDR Round One Heat One 1988-09-27 1:36.84
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Canoeing Germany GER Final Round 1992-08-08 1:38.47
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Canoeing Germany GER Semi-Finals Heat One 1992-08-06 1:37.48
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Canoeing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 1992-08-04 1:34.13
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Canoeing Germany GER Final Round 1996-08-03 1:31.077
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Canoeing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 1996-07-30 1:37.895
2000 Summer 38 Sydney Canoeing Germany GER Final Round 2000-09-30 1:34.532
2000 Summer 38 Sydney Canoeing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 2000-09-26 1:33.895
2004 Summer 42 Athina Canoeing Germany GER Final Round 2004-08-27 1:34.340
2004 Summer 42 Athina Canoeing Germany GER Round One Heat One 2004-08-23 1:31.606