Fabian Hambüchen

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Fabian Hambüchen Apparatus gymnastics
German youth championships apparatus gymnastics male age group 13–18 gymnastics apparatus finals at Int Deutsches Turnfest Berlin 2017 (Martin Rulsch) 002.jpg

Fabian Hambüchen 2017

Personal information
Nationality: GermanyGermany Germany
discipline Apparatus gymnastics
Special device / s: Horizontal bar
Society: KTV Obere Lahn
Trainer: Wolfgang Hambüchen
Birthday: October 25, 1987
Place of birth: Bergisch Gladbach
Size: 163 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Olympic rings Olympic games
bronze 2008 Beijing Horizontal bar
silver 2012 London Horizontal bar
gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Horizontal bar
Logo of FIG World championships
bronze 2006 Aarhus All-around
bronze 2006 Aarhus Leap
gold 2007 Stuttgart Horizontal bar
silver 2007 Stuttgart All-around
bronze 2007 Stuttgart Team all-around
bronze 2010 Rotterdam Horizontal bar
bronze 2010 Rotterdam Team all-around
bronze 2013 Antwerp All-around
silver 2013 Antwerp Horizontal bar
European Olympic Committee logo European Games
gold 2015 Baku Horizontal bar
silver 2015 Baku ground
Logo of the UEG European championships
gold 2005 Debrecen Horizontal bar
gold 2007 Amsterdam Horizontal bar
silver 2007 Amsterdam All-around
gold 2008 Lausanne Horizontal bar
silver 2008 Lausanne Team all-around
bronze 2008 Lausanne ground
gold 2009 Milan All-around
gold 2009 Milan ground
bronze 2009 Milan Ingots
gold 2010 Birmingham Team all-around
bronze 2010 Birmingham Horizontal bar
Logo of the FISU Universiade
silver 2013 Kazan All-around
silver 2013 Kazan ground
gold 2015 Gwangju Horizontal bar
Signature Fabian Hambüchen.svg
Fabian Hambüchen and his girlfriend at the time Marcia Ev at the “Lambertz Monday Night” 2017.
Fabian Hambüchen at the charity soccer game "Champions for Charity 2019" in the Leverkusen BayArena

Fabian Hambüchen (born October 25, 1987 in Bergisch Gladbach ) is a former German gymnast . His greatest successes he won the high bar with the Olympic title in 2016 and the world title in 2007 and winning the bronze medal at the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing and the silver medal in 2012 in London.

After the end of his active career, he worked as a gymnastics expert for ARD .


Fabian Hambüchen was born as the second child of Beate and Wolfgang Hambüchen . Shortly after his birth in Bergisch Gladbach, his family moved to Wetzlar because his father had accepted a coaching job there. Fabian attended the Goetheschule Wetzlar until his Abitur in 2007 . In October 2012 he began to study sports management and communication at the German Sport University Cologne . After completing his basic studies, Hambüchen decided to change his degree in 2015 and has been studying sport and performance since then . He also trained with his father in Wetzlar, where he lives again today.

Sporting development

Hambüchen comes from a sporty family. His father said he was an ambitious gymnast himself, while Hambüchen's mother's favorite sport is running. Hambüchen himself turned to artistic gymnastics after watching his brother training at the age of three, which spurred him on. At the age of twelve he played his first international matches. From the beginning of 2004 to February 2012 Hambüchen did gymnastics for the KTV Straubenhardt in the 1st Bundesliga. From autumn 2012 he joined the Bundesliga team of the Obere Lahn Artistic Gymnastics Association in the central Hessian town of Biedenkopf for three seasons and then went to MTV Stuttgart for one season . In December 2015 he returned to KTV Obere Lahn. After the 2016 Olympic Games, he ended his international career and took a break nationally. Since October 2017 he has been doing gymnastics again for his club in the Bundesliga. After the final on December 2, 2017, Hambüchen ended his gymnastics career.

In 2019 Hambüchen competed for the first time as a trampoline jumper in the Oberliga Hessen for TV 1888 Büttelborn eV .

Success at the national level

On December 11, 2005 he won the first and on November 28, 2009 the second German team championship title with KTV Straubenhardt. In 2013, Hambüchen became German all-around champion for the seventh time in Mannheim, setting Eberhard Gienger's record . In 2013 he became German runner-up in the team competition with the KTV Obere Lahn team. When KTV became German champion in 2018, he supported his teammates during the season by sporadic gymnastics on individual competition days.

International success

Hambüchen's first international success was winning the 2002 European Youth Championship on parallel bars . Two years later, in 2004, he won the European Youth Championship in the disciplines of floor , horizontal bar and jump and came third in the all-around competition . At the 2004 Summer Olympics , Hambüchen was the youngest male competitor in the German delegation . He reached eighth place in the team competition and qualified in the individual for the finals on the horizontal bar and in the all-around. While he finished in the all-around final in 23rd place, he finished seventh on the horizontal bar.

Winning the European Championship on June 5, 2005 on the horizontal bar represents Hambüchen's first major international success outside of the junior area, as well as the bronze medals won in the all-around and in the jump at the 2006 World Championships . At the European Championships in Amsterdam in 2007 he won silver in the all-around competition and gold for the second time on the horizontal bar. At the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, he became the youngest German gold medalist and world champion on the horizontal bar . In the all-around competition he won silver in the individual discipline and the bronze medal with the team. By making it to the team final, the team qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

In 2008 Hambüchen won gold, silver and bronze medals at the European Championships in Lausanne in the disciplines of horizontal bar, team all- around and floor. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he won the bronze medal on the horizontal bar, placed fourth on the floor and parallel bars and fifth in the all-around finals. At the beginning of the European Championships in Milan at the beginning of April 2009, Hambüchen became the first German to win the all-around title in front of the British Daniel Keatings and Yuri Ryazanov from Russia and also the European title on the ground. Although Hambüchen traveled to the World Championships in London, he suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle during training , so that he could not take part.

At the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, Hambüchen again achieved third place and won the title with the team at the 2011 European Championships in Birmingham. He won bronze on the horizontal bar. In mid-January 2011, the Achilles tendon in his left foot tore during training , which resulted in another forced break.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp , Hambüchen won the silver medal on the horizontal bar behind Epke Zonderland from the Netherlands . In Antwerp he won the bronze medal in the all-around competition. At the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan , he took second place on the floor and in the individual all-around competition. In 2014 he won the overall ranking of the Gymnastics World Cup together with the tied Brit Daniel Purvis . At the 2015 European Games , he won gold on the horizontal bar and silver on the floor.

Although he was only able to train to a limited extent due to an inflammation of the tendon he had torn in his shoulder since 2012, Hambüchen won the gold medal on the horizontal bar on August 16, 2016 at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro . He then ended his international career.



Web links

Commons : Fabian Hambüchen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Turnstar Hambüchen starts studying in Cologne Die Welt, October 8, 2012, accessed on November 22, 2012.
  2. No flat share parties, but learned a lot! Fabian Hambüchen does gymnastics between studies and high-performance sports Jobmensa Magazin, November 19, 2015, accessed on November 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Website of the German Sport University Cologne: Well-known students and alumni of the German Sport University Cologne
  4. Fabian Hambüchen changes to MTV Stuttgart spox.com, February 11, 2015, accessed on March 4, 2015.
  5. echo-online: Olympic champion Hambüchen flies in the upper league
  6. Hambüchen cracks Gienger record Spiegel online, May 19, 2013.
  7. Stuttgart and Wetzgau DTL team champions . German Gymnastics League, November 23, 2013.
  8. Hambüchen celebrates all-around victory ( Memento from April 7, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on February 10, 2012.
  9. Fabian Hambüchen has to cancel participation in the World Cup Focus online, October 12, 2009, accessed on February 10, 2012.
  10. Hambüchen threatens a six-month break Spiegel Online , January 15, 2011, accessed on February 10, 2012.
  11. Fabian Hambüchen with catching up to silver. adh.de, July 10, 2013, accessed on July 10, 2013 .
  12. Artistic Gymnastics World Cup: Hambüchen shines in second place Focus online, April 5, 2014, accessed on April 6, 2014.
  13. The great luck of the late gold Hamburger Abendblatt , August 18, 2016.
  14. ^ Olympic champion Hambüchen: Golden finish Spiegel Online, August 17, 2016.
  15. ^ New additions to the New Social Market Economy Initiative NachDenkSeiten, June 19, 2009, accessed on December 1, 2012.
  16. Hambüchen: “My hopes are with FC” bundesliga.com, June 24, 2015.
  17. ^ Dpa: Fabian Hambüchen as a reporter at the winter games . ( Abendblatt.de [accessed on February 2, 2018]).
  18. Beatriz Rios: "Sports for Future": German athletes raise their voices against climate change. In: Euractiv , 23 September 2019, accessed on 24 September 2019.
  19. Fabian Hambüchen and Kim Bui receive adh awards from adh.de, accessed on November 17, 2013.