Brigitte Ahrenholz

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Brigitte Ahrenholz rowing
nation Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR German Democratic Republic
birthday August 8, 1952
place of birth PotsdamGDRGermany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 
date of death 2018
Place of death GermanyGermany Germany
size 178 cm
Weight 85 kg
job Dr. med. (Surgeon), athlete
discipline rowing
society Sports club Berlin-Grünau
End of career 1976
Medal table
Olympic medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
World Cup medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
EM medals 1 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold 1976 Montréal Eighth
FISA logo World championships
gold 1974 Lucerne Eighth
FISA logo European championships
silver 1971 Copenhagen Eighth
gold 1973 Moscow Double quad m. Tax

Brigitte Ahrenholz (born August 8, 1952 in Potsdam ; found dead on April 7, 2018 near Werder (Havel) ) was a rower from the GDR .


Ahrenholz was in 1971 at the age of 19 at the European Championships in Copenhagen, silver medalist with the eighth of the GDR. This meant that the GDR boat was unable to defend the European Championship title won a year earlier in a different line-up. Two years later, Ahrenholz won the European championship in four-four with helmswoman in Moscow , at the last European championships before a break of over 30 years.

In 1974 she won her first international title in eighth at the World Championships in Lucerne . Ahrenholz achieved her greatest success in 1976, when she became Olympic champion at the Olympic Games in Montréal in eighth place under helmsman Marina Wilke with almost three seconds ahead of the Soviet Union team. For these sporting successes, she was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit in bronze and silver in 1974 and 1976 .

In addition to her international titles, Ahrenholz was also GDR champion several times, especially in the sprint she achieved some successes.

She started rowing at the age of 14 in the BSG unit Werder ; later she moved to the sports club Berlin-Grünau , where she achieved her greatest sporting successes. From 2008 she was chairwoman of the rowing club Werder (Havel).

After her sports career Brigitte Ahrenholz studied medicine and in 1983 with a dissertation on the treatment of cartilage disease of the knee cap doctorate . She practiced as a surgeon in Werder (Havel).

She has been missing since March 4, 2018, and on April 7, 2018, her body was found in Zernsee near Werder (Havel).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Neues Deutschland , November 30, 1974, p. 2,
    Neues Deutschland, September 10, 1976, p. 4.
  2. ^ Club stories from Werder
  3. a b Former Olympic rowing champion missing. In: Märkische Allgemeine . March 7, 2018, accessed March 9, 2018 .
  4. Olympic champion Brigitte Ahrenholz is dead. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . April 8, 2018, accessed August 26, 2020 .