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Peter-Michael Kolbe

Full name: Peter-Michael Kolbe
Gender: Male
Height: 6-4 (194 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: August 2, 1953 in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Affiliations: Rudernclub Hamburg
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 3 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

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.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Rowing Men's Single Sculls West Germany FRG 2 Silver
1984 Summer 30 Los Angeles Rowing Men's Single Sculls West Germany FRG 2 Silver
1988 Summer 35 Seoul Rowing Men's Single Sculls West Germany FRG 2 Silver

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Rowing West Germany FRG Final 7:31.67
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Rowing West Germany FRG Semi-Finals Heat One 6:59.18
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Rowing West Germany FRG Round One Heat One 7:05.95
1984 Summer 30 Los Angeles Rowing West Germany FRG Final 7:02.19
1984 Summer 30 Los Angeles Rowing West Germany FRG Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:22.24
1984 Summer 30 Los Angeles Rowing West Germany FRG Round One Repêchage Heat Two 7:26.62
1984 Summer 30 Los Angeles Rowing West Germany FRG Round One Heat One 7:28.49
1988 Summer 35 Seoul Rowing West Germany FRG Final 6:54.77
1988 Summer 35 Seoul Rowing West Germany FRG Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:01.76
1988 Summer 35 Seoul Rowing West Germany FRG Round One Repêchage Heat Three 7:12.27
1988 Summer 35 Seoul Rowing West Germany FRG Round One Heat One 7:12.35
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