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Karl-Heinz Hopp

Full name: Karl-Heinz Hopp
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3 (191 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: November 20, 1936 in Olsztyn, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland
Died: February 11, 2007 in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Affiliations: ATV Ditmarsia Kiel, Kiel (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


A rowing talent at high school, Karl-Heinz Hopp joined RG Ditmarsia Kiel while at university. Between 1958 and 1961, he won a major international title every year. In 1958, he won the European title in the coxless fours. A year later, he joined the eights that dominantly won the European title, and grabbed the 1960 Olympic gold.

The 1960 crew was known as the “Ratzeburg” crew, even though their members came from both the Ratzeburg and Ditmarsia Kiel clubs, and their prowess was attributed partially to their new oar design. They won the first non-US gold in the eights since 1900 and were subsequently elected West German Team of Year as they were in 1959. They were also awarded the Silver Bay Leaf in both 1959 and 1960, the highest German sports award.

A fourth title followed for Hopp in 1961, when he won a third European title in the West-German coxed four. Also a six-time West German champion, Hopp then focused on other sports, and eventually made it to the German modern pentathlon selection. He was particularly fond of the riding phase of that sport, and later worked as a veterinarian. With his wife, he also set up a large horse stable in the vicinity of Lübeck, where he passed away in 2007.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 23 Roma Rowing Germany GER Final Round 5:57.18
1960 Summer 23 Roma Rowing Germany GER Round One Heat Two 6:03.34
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