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Stefan Henze

Full name: Stefan Henze
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: May 3, 1981 in Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Died: August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Affiliations: BSV Halle, Halle an der Saale (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Son of Jürgen Henze; Brother of Frank Henze.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Stefan Henze was a whitewater canoeist who won a silver medal with [Marcus Becker] in the Canadian doubles at the 2004 Athina Olympics. In 2003 both became World Champions and in 2008 Henze was team European Champion. He came from a canoeing family, as his father [Jürgen] and brother [Frank] were also whitewater paddlers. His father was his first coach in Stefan’s active career. After the 2008 Europeans Henze and Becker did not manage to qualify for London 2012, and they then started a coaching career, training [Melanie Pfeifer] at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Both belonged to the national coaching stuff of the German Olympic whitewater canoe team.

On 12 August 2016, early in the morning, Henze took a taxi together with sports scientist Christian Käding to drive to the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro. The taxi crashed and Henze suffered severe head injuries, which German Olympic chief physician Bernd Wolfarth described as life-threatening. Henze died only three days later, on 15 August, aged only 35 years. An organ donor, his heart, liver, and kidneys went on to save the lives of four other people.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 23 Athina Canoeing Men's Canadian Doubles, Slalom Germany-1 GER 2 Silver

Men's Canadian Doubles, Slalom

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date
2004 Summer 23 Athina Canoeing Germany-1 GER Marcus Becker Final Round 2004-08-19
2004 Summer 23 Athina Canoeing Germany-1 GER Marcus Becker Final Round Run One 2004-08-20
2004 Summer 23 Athina Canoeing Germany-1 GER Marcus Becker Final Round Run Two 2004-08-20
2004 Summer 23 Athina Canoeing Germany-1 GER Marcus Becker Qualifying 2004-08-19
2004 Summer 23 Athina Canoeing Germany-1 GER Marcus Becker Qualifying Run One 2004-08-19
2004 Summer 23 Athina Canoeing Germany-1 GER Marcus Becker Qualifying Run Two 2004-08-19
2004 Summer 23 Athina Canoeing Germany-1 GER Marcus Becker Semi-Finals 2004-08-19
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