Ralf Bißdorf

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRalf•Bißdorf
Used nameRalf•Bißdorf
Born15 March 1971 in Heidenheim an der Brenz, Baden-Württemberg (GER)
Measurements193 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsHeidenheimer SB, Heidenheim an der Brenz (GER)
NOC Germany
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Ralf Bißdorf was a German foil fencer who surprisingly won the silver medal in the individual foil event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With the German team he finished sixth. Four years later at Athens, he again finished sixth with the team and was eliminated early in the individual event. At World Championships Bißdorf won one team gold in 2002, and two team bronze medals (2003, 2005). At Europeans he added two more individual gold medals (1998, 2006), and two team golds (1998, 2001).

Bißdorf was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf, Germany’s highest sports award. From 2000-02 he won the overall World Cup three times in a row. Bißdorf later turned to coaching and worked in Singapore (2010-16), and then in the United States at “Marx Fencing Academy” in Acton, Massachusetts. From 1997-2005, he was the athlete’s voice of the FIE (World Fencing Association).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Fencing GER Ralf Bißdorf
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Germany 6
2004 Summer Olympics Fencing GER Ralf Bißdorf
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 17
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Germany 6

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