Kathrin Boron

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKathrin•Boron (-Köppen, -Kölm)
Used nameKathrin•Boron
Born4 November 1969 in Eisenhüttenstadt, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements184 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsPotsdamer RG, Potsdam (GER)
NOC Germany

Biography

Kathrin Boron was one of the most successful female rowers of all time. While three Romanian rowers have won more Olympic medals, Boron is unsurpassed at the World Championships. She won eight world titles between 1989 and 2001 in the double and quadruple sculls, adding a further five silver medals, the last one being in 2007. Boron also competed in the single sculls and placed fourth at the 1995 Worlds.

Boron ended her long career with a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in her fifth consecutive Games going back to 1992. She won double sculls gold medals in 1992 and 2000 and the quadruple sculls in 1996 and 2004.

Boron later married her teammate Jens Köppen but they subsequently divorced. In 2009, she was awarded the Thomas-Keller-Medal, the highest sports award for rowers worldwide. She was also awarded the Silver Bay Leaf, Germany’s highest sports award, four times in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. She also received the Bambi media prize in 1992. By profession, she first trained as a bank clerk, but later joined the Deutsche Sporthilfe, and took care of German athletes.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Rowing GER Kathrin Boron
Double Sculls, Women (Olympic) Kerstin Köppen 1 Gold
1996 Summer Olympics Rowing GER Kathrin Boron
Quadruple Sculls, Women (Olympic) Germany 1 Gold
2000 Summer Olympics Rowing GER Kathrin Boron
Double Sculls, Women (Olympic) Jana Thieme 1 Gold
2004 Summer Olympics Rowing GER Kathrin Boron
Quadruple Sculls, Women (Olympic) Germany 1 Gold
2008 Summer Olympics Rowing GER Kathrin Boron
Quadruple Sculls, Women (Olympic) Germany 3 Bronze

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony GER Kathrin Boron

Olympic family relations