Cornelia Hanisch

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCornelia•Hanisch
Used nameCornelia•Hanisch
Born12 June 1952 in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (GER)
Measurements163 cm / 54 kg
AffiliationsFC Offenbach, Offenbach am Main (GER)
NOC West Germany


Cornelia Hanisch was a very successful West German foil fencer who became World Champion in 1979, 1981, and 1985. She won in total four golds, three silvers, and three bronzes at the World Championships. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games she won the individual silver and a team gold. Eight years earlier at Montréal Hanisch came in fifth individually and fourth with the team. She received the Silver Bay Leaf, Germany’s highest sports award, and was elected Sportswoman of the Year in 1985. In 2016, she was inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame.

Domestically, Hanisch was West German champion in 1976, 1978-80, and 1982. She worked as a trade school teacher, teaching German, economics, and mathematics at Offenbach. She was also a member of the NOC of Germany.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Fencing FRG Cornelia Hanisch
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 5
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) West Germany 4
1984 Summer Olympics Fencing FRG Cornelia Hanisch
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
Foil, Team, Women (Olympic) West Germany 1 Gold

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