Georg Hackl (born September 9, 1966) is a German former luger who was three time Olympic and World Champion. He is known affectionately as Hackl-Schorsch or as the Speeding Weißwurst a reference to what he looks like in his white bodysuit coming down the luge at fast speeds. Hackl was born in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria. He won his first Winter Olympic Games luge medal in 1988 in Calgary, when he finished second in the singles event, while placing fourth in the doubles.
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.
Ralf Schumann (born June 10, 1962) is a German 25 m Rapid Fire Pistol shooter. He is a three-time Olympic Champion and twice World Champion. His international breakthrough came in the years before the Seoul Olympics in 1988, where he was considered the most likely winner. However, he was beaten by Afanasijs Kuzmins of the Soviet Union by 598 to 597 in the qualification round, and was never allowed to come back in the finals, Kuzmins performing a perfect 100.
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.
Birgit Fischer (born February 25, 1962 in Brandenburg an der Havel, then East Germany) is a kayaker, who has won eight gold medals over six different Olympic Games, a record she shares with Aladár Gerevich, spanning seven Olympiads: twice representing East Germany (interrupted by the boycott of 1984), then four times representing the reunited nation. After both the 1988 and 2000 games, she announced her retirement, only to return for the subsequent games.
Andreas Dittmer (born 16 April 1972 in Neustrelitz) is a German sprint canoer. The dominant sprint canoer of his generation in 1000 m races, he has won three Olympic and eight world championship gold medals. Dittmer won his first world championship medal - a bronze - at Paris in 1991 as a member of Germany's C-4 500 m crew. In 1994 he won the C-2 1000 m world championship with Gunar Kirchbach. At the 1996 Olympics the pair won the gold medal in the same event.
Britta Becker is a former German field hockey midfield player. Becker made her debut in the German women's field hockey team in 1991 and was the youngest in the Olympic squad in 1992. She was part of the 1995 winning team in the European Cup and the bronze medal winning team in the 1998 World Cup. She retired in 2004, just before her team won the Olympic gold medal in Athens. She has four children, Emily Blooma (*1999), Nik David (*2001), Polly Marie (*2007) and Jilly Lina (*2009).
Stephan Vuckovic (born June 22, 1972 in Reutlingen) is an athlete from Germany, who competes in triathlon. Vuckovic competed at the first Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He won the silver medal with a total time of 1:48:37.58. His split times were 18:35.59 for the swim, 0:58:52.10 for the cyling, and 0:31:09.89 for the run.
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.
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.
Ursula ("Uschi") Disl is a former German biathlete. 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in), 57 kg (130 lb). She resides with her Swedish boyfriend Tomas Söderberg in Austria, and like most German Nordic skiers, is in the military as a border patrol guard. Their first child Hanna Ursula was born on January 15, 2007. During her competitive career Disl was a 19 year veteran of biathlon and was a five time olympian, with two Olympic gold medals from the 4×7.5km relays in 1998 and 2002.
Sven Fischer (born April 16, 1971) is a former German biathlete. He trained with the WSV Oberhof club, and was coached by Frank Ullrich and Fritz Fischer (national coaches) and Klaus Siebert (club coach). After the 2006/07 biathlon season, he retired.
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.
Arthur Jonath (9 September 1909 – 14 April 1963) was a German athlete. He won the bronze medal in the 100 metres (10.4 seconds) and the silver medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He set a European Record in the 100 metres. He was born in Bentrop-Fröndenberg and died in Neu-Isenburg.
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.
Oksana Aleksandrovna Chusovitina is an Olympic medalist and World Champion gymnast who has competed for Germany since 2006. She was formerly a citizen of, and a competitor for, the Soviet Union (before 1993) and Uzbekistan (1993-2006). To date, Chusovitina's career in elite gymnastics has spanned twenty years. She won the USSR Junior Nationals in 1988 and began competing at the senior international level in 1989, before many of her current rivals were even born.
Silke Kraushaar-Pielach (born Silke Kraushaar on October 10, 1970 in Sonneberg) is a German luger who competed from 1995 to 2008. In June 2008, she was named sports manager for the luge section of Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland (BSD - German bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton federation).
Thomas Rupprath (born 16 March 1977 in Neuss) is an Olympic swimmer from Germany, who is nicknamed "The New Albatross". A specialist in the backstroke and butterfly, especially in short course, he held the world record for the 50 m backstroke with a time of 23.27 seconds set on 31 November 2002. This was broken by Robert Hurley of Australia on 26 October 2008. He also held the 50 m backstroke record between 7 July 2003 to 2 April 2008 with a time of 24.80 s.
André Florschütz (born 6 August 1976 in Sonneberg) is a German luger who has competed since 1993. Together with Torsten Wustlich, he won the silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Florschütz also won nine medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with six golds and three silvers. His best overall finish at the FIL European Luge Championships was fifth in the men's doubles event twice.
Steffi Nerius is a German athlete competing in the javelin throw. She won silver at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and is the reigning World Champion; she is also a three-time bronze medalist at that level. Initially playing volleyball in school, she was too short for a career in this sport and switched to athletics instead. She was taught javelin throw by her mother, a former javelin thrower. Her first international success was a third place at the 1991 Junior's European Championships.
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.