Stefanie Maria Graf (born June 14, 1969, in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany) is a former World No. 1 female tennis player from Germany. Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, second among male and female players only to Margaret Court's 24, and most in the Open Era. She is the only player to have won all four Grand Slam singles tournaments at least four times each.
Cornelia Pfohl (born 23 February 1971) is an archer who represented Germany at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Pfohl placed 18th in the women's individual ranking round with a 72-arrow score of 638. In the first round of elimination, she faced 47th-ranked Marie-Pier Beaudet of Canada. Pfohl defeated Beaudet, winning 146-128 in the 18-arrow match to advance to the round of 32.
Nicolas Kiefer (born 5 July 1977 in Holzminden), is a German tennis player. His mother, Nicole, is French. He won a silver medal in men's doubles with partner Rainer Schüttler at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (born 7 September 1966) is a former German speed skater and the most successful speed skater of all time. Born as Gunda Kleemann, she changed her name to Gunda Niemann after her marriage in 1991 to judoka Detlev Niemann. After their divorce in 1995, she kept the name Niemann. She then changed her name to Niemann-Stirnemann after marrying her long-time Swiss manager Oliver Stirnemann on 11 July 1997.
Carl Ludwig "Lu(t)z" Long (27 April 1913 in Leipzig – 13 July 1943 in San Pietro Clarenza) was a German Olympic athlete, notable for winning Silver at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and for giving advice to his competitor, Jesse Owens, who went on to win the gold medal for the broad jump (now referred to as the long jump) as a result of Long's advice. For his actions in the spirit of sportsmanship, Long was posthumously awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal.
Franziska van Almsick (born 5 April 1978 in East Berlin, Germany) is a German swimmer. She won her first Olympic medals in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympic Games aged fourteen. Her career begun at the SC Dynamo Berlin. Over her career, Van Almsick earned ten career Olympic medals, none of them gold. She ended her career at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. In 1993, she was named by Swimming World magazine as the Female World Swimmer of the Year. Her son Don Hugo was born on 7 January 2007.
Hanns Braun (October 26, 1886 – October 9, 1918) was a German athlete. He was born in Wernfels and died near Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France as fighter-pilot in an airplane-crash in World War I. He won the bronze medal in the men's 800 metres race at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London with a time of 1:55.2, which was .8 seconds faster than the previous Olympic record but 3 seconds slower than the time of Mel Sheppard, the winner of the race. His semifinal time had been 1:58.0.
Hans Eicke (December 1, 1884 – August 22, 1947) was a German athlete. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. He was born and died in Berlin. Eicke was a member of the silver medal German medley relay team. He was the second runner on the squad, running the second 200 metres. He followed Arthur Hoffmann and was followed by Otto Trieloff and Hanns Braun. The team dominated the first round, defeating the Dutch team easily with a time of 3:43.2.
Otto Paul Trieloff (November 17, 1885 – July 6, 1967) was a German athlete. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. He was born in Duisburg and died in Essen-Rüttenscheid. Trieloff was a member of the silver medal German medley relay team. He was the third runner on the squad, running 400 metres. He followed Arthur Hoffmann and Hans Eicke, each of whom ran 200 metres, and was followed by Hanns Braun running the 800.
August von Gödrich (September 25, 1859 in Gerlsdorf-Fulnek – March 16, 1942 in Fulnek) was a German racing cyclist. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Gödrich competed in the road race. He placed second in the 87 kilometre race from Athens to Marathon and back, finishing in 3:42:18 behind Aristidis Konstantinidis of Greece.
Alfred Flatow (October 3, 1869 – December 28, 1942) was a German gymnast. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Flatow was a successful competitor in 1896. He won the parallel bars, was the runner-up in the horizontal bar, and was a member of the German team that took the gold medals in both the parallel bars and the horizontal bar team events. He also competed in the vault, pommel horse, and rings competitions.
Hermann Weingärtner (August 27, 1864 – December 22, 1919) was a German gymnast. He was born in Frankfurt (Oder) and died in Frankfurt (Oder) He started his career in his hometown at the local gymnastics club Frankfurter Turnverein 1860. Later on he moved to Berlin to compete for the Deutsche Turnerschaft. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.
Martin Schmitt (born January 29, 1978 in Villingen-Schwenningen) is one of Germany's most successful ski jumpers. Beginning his competitive career at the Furtwangen area skiing club in Germany, his and Sven Hannawald's successes made their sport one of the most popular in the country. With particular help from cable tv station RTL, they received great acclaim.
Britta Heidemann (born 22 December 1982 in Cologne) is a German épée fencer. Heidemann had her biggest success on 13 August during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, when she defeated Ana Maria Brânză (ROU) to win the gold medal, just minutes after fellow countryman Benjamin Kleibrink won the men's individual foil competition. Prior to this, her biggest achievement had been a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in the individual competition.
Stefan Kretzschmar (born February 17, 1973 in Leipzig) is a retired professional German handball player. The son of Peter Kretzschmar, a legendary handball player and coach in the former GDR and Waltraud Kretzschmar, a former handball player for the East German team and winner of Olympic team medals in silver (1976) and bronze (1980), he was a three-time Olympic athlete and winner of the Olympic silver medal with the German team in 2004. He is well known for his many tattoos and piercings.
Björn Bach (born June 21, 1976) is a German sprint canoer who competed from 1997 to 2006. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he won two silver medals in the K-4 1000 m. Born in Magdeburg he took up the sport at the age of thirteen. Bach won a dozen medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with six golds, four silvers, and two bronzes . His most recent success came at the 2006 European Championships, held in Račice, Czech Republic, where he won a K-4 1000 m bronze medal.
Susanne ("Susie") Wollschläger is a former field hockey goalkeeper from Germany, who was a member of the Women's National Team that won the silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. She competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1988 for West Germany.
Florian Kehrmann (born June 26, 1977) is a German handball player. He married his wife Diana in 2006. His first son Len Farell is born on 25 March 2007. Born in Neuss, he has played for TUSEM Essen from 1994 to 1995 and for Sportring Solingen from 1995 to 1999. Since 1999, he is playing for TBV Lemgo, with which he won the National Cup of Germany in 2002, the National Championship of Germany in 2003 and the EHF Cupc in 2006.
Britta Oppelt is an Olympic-medaling sculler who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and represented Germany where she competed in double sculls, and took home the silver medal along with teammate Peggy Waleska.
Otto Froitzheim (24 April 1884 in Strasbourg, Alsace – 29 October 1962) was a German tennis player. At the 1908 Summer Olympics he won a silver medal in the men's singles tournament. He was able to win the International German Championship seven times (1909-1911, 1921-1922 and again in 1925). In 1912 he became Hardcourt World Champion. In 1914, he and Oskar Kreuzer were member of the German Davis Cup team, playing a Davis Cup semifinal in Pittsburgh against Australia.
Eduard von Lütcken (October 26, 1882 - September 15, 1914) was a German horse rider who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He was part of the German team which won the silver medal in the equestrian team event.
Hans Scherbart (born December 16, 1905, date of death unknown) was a German field hockey player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. He was a member of the German field hockey team, which won the silver medal. He played three matches as forward.
Fritz Stolze (December 20, 1910 – March 5, 1973) was a German water polo player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. He was part of the German team which won the silver medal. He played one match as goalkeeper.