Birgit Peter

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBirgit•Peter (-Händle)
Used nameBirgit•Peter
Born27 January 1964 in Potsdam, Brandenburg (GER)
Measurements185 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsSportclub Dynamo Potsdam / Karlsruher RV Wiking
NOC East Germany Germany


East German Rower Birgit Peter burst into the scene in 1982 when she won the Youth World Championships with the quadruple sculls. She then also became world champion three times in a row from 1985-87. In 1988, she partnered Martina Schröter in the double sculls and won the gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Since 1989, she moved to the single sculls and was World Championship runner-up in 1989, and champion in 1990.

Domestically, Peter won East German national titles in 1985-86, and 1989, and German titles in 1992 and 1994. After re-unification Peter moved to Karlsruhe in West Germany and won another gold medal with the quadruple sculls at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In 1993, she won her only national title with the quadruple sculls of Karlsruher RV Wiking. She was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf, Germany’s highest sports award.

By profession, Peter became a medical-technical laboratory assistant. She married rower [Christian Händle] whose Roland was also an Olympic rower.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Rowing GDR Birgit Peter
Double Sculls, Women (Olympic) Martina Schröter 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Rowing GER Birgit Peter
Quadruple Sculls, Women (Olympic) Germany 1 Gold

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