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Josefa Idem-Guerrini

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 2
Bronze 2
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameJosefa•Idem-Guerrini
Used nameJosefa•Idem-Guerrini
Born23 September 1964 in Goch, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Measurements176 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsKV Herringen / WV Schierstein / ACK Standiana / Circolo Canottieri Aniene 1892
NOC Italy West Germany

Biography

At the 2012 Olympic Games Josefa Idem-Guerrini set an Olympic record by becoming the first woman to compete at eight Olympic Games. Born in West Germany, she first competed at the Games in 1984, immediately wining a bronze medal with Barbara Schüttpelz in the K-2. Shortly after the Seoul Games, she moved to Italy. There, she met her new coach and future husband, Guglielmo Guerrini. The new partnership proved successful, winning her first World Championship medals in 1989. Starting in 1990, Josefa Idem competed for Italy, and she promptly won her first world title, in the K-1 500, adding a second one in the K-1 5,000 in 1991. The results at the Olympic Games were somewhat disappointing, finishing fourth in Barcelona and third in Atlanta.

But Idem-Guerrini rose to the top again, winning another world title in 1998 (K-1 1,000), her first Olympic gold in Sydney and the double (K-1 500 and 1,000) at the 2001 World Championships in Poznań. After giving birth to her second child, she made a comeback at the Athens Olympics. While failing to defend her title, she still managed a silver medal. She repeated this at the Beijing Games, where she finished only 4/1000ths of a second behind the gold medallist, Inna Osypenko-Radomska. During her career she won five Olympic medals, and 22 World Championship medals, including five World golds.

Later she became involved in politics and in 2013 she became Minister for Gender Equality and Sports in the Italian government.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) FRG Josefa Idem
Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) Barbara Schüttpelz 3 Bronze
Kayak Fours, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) West Germany 5
1988 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) FRG Josefa Idem
Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) 9
Kayak Fours, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) West Germany 5
1992 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ITA Josefa Idem
Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) 4
1996 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ITA Josefa Idem
Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
2000 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ITA Josefa Idem-Guerrini
Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
2004 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ITA Josefa Idem
Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
2008 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ITA Josefa Idem
Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
2012 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) ITA Josefa Idem
Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women (Olympic) 5

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