Birgit Fischer

Quick Facts

Full Name Birgit Fischer
Birth Date February 25, 1962
Birth Place Brandenburg, Germany
Age 60
Nickname Supermum
Religion Christianity
Nationality German
Education Army Sports Club Boarding School
Horoscope Scorpio
Father’s Name Karl Heinz Fischer
Mother’s Name Unknown
Siblings Three
Height 5 feet 8 inches
Weight 69 kg
Build Athletic
Shoe Size Unknown
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Profession Former Professional Kayaker, Photographer
Active Years 1980-2004
Medals 8 Gold and 4 Silver
Awards & Achievements
  • Inducted to German Sports Hall of Fame(2008)
  • Voted for the German Sportswoman of the Year(2004)
Marital Status Divorce
Spouse Jorg Schmidt (1984-1993)
Children Ulla Fischer, Ole Fischer
Olympic Games 6
Trivia Oldest Olympic Canoeing Champion
Hobbies Photography
Net Worth $2 Million
Residence Germany
Social Media None
Merch  Naturehike Waterproof Duffel Bag
Last Update August, 2022

Birgit Fischer is a German kayaker who has won the most medals in kayaking. She is now retired. She is also the only woman to win the gold medal in the Olympics twice, 20 years apart.

Fischer was only 18 years old when he won the canoeing gold medal at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. And 24 years later, at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, she was the oldest kayaker to win.

Birgit competed in the Olympics from 1980 to 2004. During that time, she won eight gold medals and four silver medals.

Childhood And Family

Fischer was born on February 25, 1962, in Brandenburg a der Havel, which was then a part of East Germany.

The great canoeist went to ASK, an army boarding school for sports. Birgit’s training at the school was a big part of why she won the kayaking event at the Olympics.

Birgit liked canoeing because paddling was the Fischers’ traditional sport.

Her grandparents used to sail a small boat across the Elbe, and they were interested in canoeing for a long time.

Karl-Heinz Fischer, Birgit’s father, and Birgit’s mother were both coaches at a canoe club in Brandenburg a der Havel.

So, Birgit and her three siblings started paddling when they were young.

Frank Fischer, who was a year older than she was, was also a pro kayaker. Birgit and her brother learned to kayak when they were six years old.

Young Birgit Fischer paddling.(Source=Instagram)

Frank also has nine medals from world championships, three of which are gold.

At first, Karl-Heinz Fischer taught Birdit about canoeing. So her father was her first coach in a real sense.

Her second coach was Herald Brosig. Birgit didn’t like canoeing because it was hard, but Herald made it more fun for her.

And since 1978, Birgit’s kayak sport has been the best.

How was the Physical Measurement of Birgit Fischer?

Fischer is now 60 years old. On February 25, she was born. So, Pisces is her star sign.

Pisces are also known for being creative, kind, and able to understand others. Also, they are very adaptable and don’t like to be around people who are always down.

Birgit is also about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 69 kilograms.

How was the Career of Birgit Fischer?

Birgit won the gold medal in the K1 500m event at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. This was her first Olympics.

Fischer used the 1980 Olympics as a springboard to a successful career as a kayaker in the years to come.

From 1981 to 1986, Birgit won nine World Championships and became a sport icon.

Fischer was not able to take part in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, though. East Germany was not allowed to take part in the Olympics in 1984.

Birgit with her K2 pair in action.(Source=Instagram)

Birgit won gold in the fours and silver in the pair at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

In the same way, she won gold medals in pairs and fours at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

Even though the German kayaker lost badly in the finals of single events at the 1998 Olympics in Seoul, she came back strong and won gold medals.

Birgit won gold in the singles and silver in the fours at the Olympics in Barcelona.

How was his Retirement Life?

The German kayaker stopped going to the Olympics in 2000. As a retired athlete, she was having a great time.

Soon, Fischer was on the covers of several magazines and on TV. At the same time, a film company wanted to make a documentary about her life.

So, a film crew pushed her to ride a kayak for the documentary. It was the first time Fischer kayaked across the water since he retired.

Birgit realized how much she missed paddling when she did it after a long time.

She remembered how much she liked canoeing, and she wanted to try her favorite sport one last time. At the time, Birgit was 42 years old.

In the same way, the kayaker wanted to see if she was still fast at kayaking after a long break. She wanted to test herself.

Athens in 2004

At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Birgit returned after a three-year break to say her final goodbye.

Fischer was able to join the German national kayak team nine months before the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

The 42-year-old kayaker won gold for Germany in the K4 (four) and K2 (pair) 500-meter races.

From 1999 to 2003, Hungary won the most competitions for women’s K4 squads. Germany had won the World Championships four times in a row, so the competition was tough.

Fischer became the oldest kayaking champion at the 2004 Athens Olympics.(Source=Instagram)

Birgit’s partner on the K2 team was 23 years younger than she was. Her name was Carolin Leonhardt. But Birgit was as hopeful as ever, even after her long break.

The K4 team from Germany made it to the final round, where they beat a tough team from Hungary.

In the last part of the race, the team from Hungary took the lead, and the team from Germany came in last.

But Fischer and the rest of her team quickly caught up with the Hungarians. At the 250-meter mark, the Hungarians were ahead of the Germans by only 0.3 seconds.

In the end, Fischer’s team won the gold medal with a lead of 0.2 seconds. She won her eighth Olympic gold medal this way.

The next day, a kayaker who was 42 years old won a silver medal in the K2 event.

Life After 2004 Athens

Fischer’s last Olympics were in 2004, in Athens. After that, she quit the sport for good.

Then the person who used to kayak started working as a photographer. She even joined a group called Art of the Olympians.

Owner of KanuFisch

Later, Birgit started her own business called KanuFisch, which promotes canoeing and kayaking as ways to stay active.

The company offers courses for beginners and experts in canoeing all over Germany.

It is for people who want to learn how to paddle for fun and exercise. It is also for professionals who want to get better at what they do.

In the same way, Birgit Fischer herself gives motivational talks about how to do well in the Olympics, how to manage your time, how to work as a team, how to coordinate, and so on.

Awards and Achievements

Fischer has a long list of wins next to her name. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she was the best woman kayaker.

The German native won three straight World Championships in a row (1981, 1982, 1983).

In 2004, Fischer was chosen as the best athlete in Germany.

She was also inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Birgit(second from right) showing gold medal (K4 500m final) at Sydney Games.(Source=Instagram)

Birgit also worked for the National People’s Army as a sports coach. During the time of German reunification in 1990, she was given the rank of major.

In 1992, she ran for the European Parliament on the ticket of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). She didn’t win, which is sad.

Birgit won 38 medals, including 28 golds at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, between 1978 and 2005.

How was the Relationship status of Birgit Fischer?

From 1984 to 1993, the famous kayaker was married to Jorg Schmidt. Later, the two people broke up, but no one knows why.

Jorg Schmidt used to be a sprint canoer in East Germany. During the 1980s, he played the sport.

Schmidt also won a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He took part in the C1 1000m event and got a silver medal for it.

The first couple is lucky to have two kids. Birgit is staying with her children in Brandenburg right now.

How was the Networth value of Birgit Fischer?

Fischer won a medal at the Olympics and is thought to be worth about $2 million.

She has a lot of money because she has been good at kayaking.

She used to race canoes and is now the owner of KanuFisc and a photographer, among other things.

So, Birgit’s life in Germany is very nice. All because of how hard she worked and how much she cared. Social Media Presence

The old, former canoe racer does not use social media. She may not be on social media because she is shy and prefers to be alone.

But the famous kayaker has already made a big name for herself because of how well she has done in her career. So she doesn’t need social media to become popular.

She lives in Germany with her daughter in a quiet and private way at the moment.

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