Kayaking in History

Events in Sport

  • 2004-08-27 German kayaker Birgit Fischer wins gold in K-4 500m & silver in K-2 500m in Athens; first woman in any sport to win gold medals at 6 different Olympics, gold 24 years apart, and 1st person to win 2 or more medals in 5 different Games

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1914-11-12 Sylvi Saimo, Finland, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1919-12-21 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Nyköping, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1936-01-14 Ludmila Pinayeva, Soviet 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1964, 1968, 1972), born in Krasnoye Selo, Russia
  • 1939-11-15 Erik Hansen, Danish 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1943-12-15 Mihály Hesz, Hungarian 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1946-02-16 Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1958-06-07 Philippe Boccara, American kayaker (Olympics silver 1996; World C'ship gold 1985, 87, 90-91), born in Le Mans, France
  • 1958-12-02 Vladimir Parfenovich, Soviet canoeist, Olympic gold K1-500, K-2 500, K-2 1,000 1980; 9 gold World C'ships 1979-83), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1959-12-02 Greg Barton, American kayaker (Olympics gold K-1 1,000, K-2 1,000 1988), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1961-01-05 Curt Bader, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • 1961-05-27 John Lugbill, Wauseon Ohio, US canoeist/kayaker (Olympic-92)
  • 1962-02-25 Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1962-07-12 Stein Jorgesen, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963-09-18 Richard Weiss, American slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1963-12-27 Dana Chladek, Czech-American slalom kayaker (Olympic bronze 1992, silver 1996), born in Děčín, Czech Republic
  • 1964-07-02 DeAnne Hemmens, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964-08-01 Traci Phillips, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964-08-06 John Mooney, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964-12-31 Klari MacAskill, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1965-03-04 Alexandra Harbold, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965-11-13 Sheryl Boyle, Renfrew Ontario, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966-03-06 Cliff Meidl, American sprint kayak (Olympics 1996 & 2000), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1968-03-19 Liam Jewell, kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968-05-22 Mike Harbold, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968-12-04 Mike Barrowman, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1992, World C'ship gold 1991), born in Costa Mesa, California
  • 1969-03-20 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympic silver 1996), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1970-04-18 Peter Giles, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1970-06-03 Peter Newton, Kailua Hawaii, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-11-30 Corrina Kennedy, Saskatoon Saskatchawan, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971-03-07 Alison Herst, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971-04-28 Mihai Apostal, Bucharest Romania, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971-05-15 Scott Shipley, Bremerton Wash, slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • 1971-07-06 Owen Lance Bill Hughes, Palmerston North NZ, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-11-02 Marie-Josée Gilbeau-Ouimet, Canadian kayaker (World C'ships 3 gold K-2 200m 1995, 98; K-4 200m 1995), born in Lachine, Quebec
  • 1973-01-24 Erik Gervais, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Valleyfield, Quebec
  • 1977-10-05 Lia Rousset, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Alhambra, California