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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hanka Kupfernagel (born 19 March 1974 in Gera) is a German professional cycle racer. Currently her primary focus is cyclocross racing, however, she has won major road, track and mountain bike races. She has won seven consecutive medals at the UCI Women's Cyclo-cross World Championships, including three gold medals for 2000, 2001 and 2005; the silver medal in 2002 and 2003; and the bronze medal in 2004.
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.