Anja Fichtel-Mauritz

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameAnja Petra•Fichtel-Mauritz (-Koper)
Used nameAnja•Fichtel-Mauritz
Born17 August 1968 in Tauberbischofsheim, Baden-Württemberg (GER)
Measurements175 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsFC Tauberbischofsheim, Tauberbischofsheim (GER)
NOC Germany West Germany

Biography

At the 1988 Olympics, Anja Fichtel was the centre of a West German fencing triumph. She won the individual foil title – accompanied on the podium by compatriots Sabine Bau and Zita-Eva Funkenhauser – as well as the team title. These titles had not come as a complete surprise: Fichtel had won the individual world title at the 1986 championships, a title she would reclaim in 1990, while losing the 1989 final. The West German team, and later the unified German team, also heavily benefited from Fichtel’s presence, winning six World Championship medals, including three golds (1985, 1989, 1993).

Fichtel also won two additional Olympic medals. The first of these, a team silver, came in Barcelona 1992, barely two months after giving birth to her first child. She had married Austrian fencer Merten Mauritz in 1990, and competed as Fichtel-Mauritz at the 1992 and 1996 Games. After her third Olympic appearance (bronze with the German team), she decided to retire, expecting her second child. Several years later, now divorced, she attempted a mostly unremarkable comeback.

Fichtel also won ten individual national titles. She was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf, Germany’s highest sports award. In 2001, she was named “Fencer of the Century” and in 2015 she was inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame. She later worked as a youth trainer at the Tauberbischofsheim Regional Olympic Base.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Fencing FRG Anja Fichtel
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) West Germany 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Fencing GER Anja Fichtel-Mauritz
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) Germany 2 Silver
1996 Summer Olympics Fencing GER Anja Fichtel-Mauritz
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 10
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) Germany 3 Bronze

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1988 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony FRG Anja Fichtel

Olympic family relations

Special Notes